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The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This living testament to the universality, spirituality, and grandeur of the post Vatican II Church. This landmark study faithfully represents the external life of the Church--its ceremonies, traditions, vesture, insignia, and protocol.
Hardcover, 580 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Viking Adult
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booklady
Oct 27, 2008 booklady rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all Catholics
Absolutely gorgeous coffee-table, reference book on our Church's Ceremony, Traditions and protocols. Lovely to browse!

Thanks to Gary for listing it in his books--it reminded me I have it on my shelves in the back room. Time to get it out and look at it again. What a treat!
Jennifer
Jun 23, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Overall, a useful guide to the ceremonies, traditions, protocol, and vestments of the Catholic Church. It includes many detailed descriptions of particular rituals and masses, special vestments and which individuals have the right to wear them, honors for lay and priests alike, protocol for events, proper addresses for members of the church hierarchy, and more. An interesting feature of the book is its detailed examination of changes, particularly in ritual and vestment, since the Second Vatican ...more
Anne
This is a guide to the way things are done (protocol) and not as much why. It is still interesting to read about the protocol (so much attention to meaning through beauty!) but I am wondering if it is outdated now, as it refers to St JP2's pontificate and before. Also, it is a coffee table style reference book and not a more readable book as I had hoped.
Fredrick Danysh
This is an extensive review of the Catholic Church with an emphasis on the organization and the hierarchy of the Church. Protocol and ceremonies are examined as are the Papal orders. The Knights of Columbus is considered a pious order and i the only non-papal order briefly discussed. Both oral and written communication with the hierarchy is also addressed.
Aldean
Oct 27, 2008 Aldean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Church Insiders and those who wish to become such
Recommended to Aldean by: David Conrad
An impressively put together volume of various protocols with the Catholic Church. This book will be ridiculous to those who scoff at the pomp and regalia of a decidedly un-modern church, but to this who revel in that solemn pageantry and ancient formulae, this book is a treasure.
Rhonda L.
Jun 26, 2014 Rhonda L. rated it really liked it
Had to have it..Reference. Coffee Table
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Fantastic book, it gives a lot of insight into the catholic church and it's symbolism.
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