Books by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.

CAEREMONIALE In Missa, Privata et Solemni
CAEREMONIALE In Missa, Privata et Solemni by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  314 pages

Original year of publication: 1941
Reprinted in the year: 2009

Though Fr. Camelius Aloysius Callewaert (1866-1943) was one of the most frequently cited rubrical authorities of the 20th century, nonetheless, his books have been nearly impossible to obtain for many years.  His Caeremoniale in Missa, Privata et Solemni is especially noted for its systematic and thorough treatment of the general principles of ceremonies and for providing the ascetical explanations for the various actions and gestures, which otherwise, would appear as mere ritualistic motion.

 

As cited in The Book of Ceremonies by Very Rev. Laurence O’Connell and Fr. Walter Schmitz (Bruce, Milwaukee 1958):

 

This [book] is perhaps the clearest description of all ordinary ceremonies and is written by an outstanding authority.  (…) [This book gives] a comprehensive treatment of rubrics and ceremonies.  Callewaert is unusual for his depth of treatment.  He gives the meaning and reason behind ceremonies whenever useful and always lists carefully his sources.  His book is written in Latin and, unfortunately, is not published in this country [it is now!].  We recommend it without reservation.

 

Besides its intrinsic value as a rubrical guide, the reproduction of this book was also seen necessary in light that the original copies were quickly deteriorating, as due to being printed during the Second World War, high-acidic paper was used (resulting in dark browning and brittleness).  The hi-resolution scans were meticulously cleaned of background noise and original printing imperfections, thereby resulting in a high-quality printing.  The book cover was also matched to the original, though the original dismal dark matte gray cover stock was substituted for a more elegant light gray leatherette stock.

 

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De Missalis Romani Liturgia by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  104 pages

Original year of publication: 1937
Reprinted in the year: 2009

Though Msgr. Camelius Aloysius Callewaert (1866-1943) was one of the most frequently cited rubrical authorities of the 20th century, nonetheless, his books have been nearly impossible to obtain for many years.

As denoted in its subtitle, Sectio prior: De rebus cultus materialibus, this frequently cited book covers such liturgical material requisites as sacred vessels, vestments and linens, the form of the altar and its corresponding accoutrements, the symbolism of the various colors, the church edifice and more.

As attested in the book’s approbatio by Bishop Henricus Lamiroy (1883-1952) of Bruges (Callewaert’s ordinary):

…In hoc volumine, magna eruditione et sagaci documentorum judicio exponit Auctor historicam originem et evolutionem rerum materialium, necnon regulas sequendas in illarum usu. Confidimus fore ut hoc praeclarum opus efficaciter conferat ad ulteriorum liturgiae intelligentiam, ad cultus splendorem adeoque ad sanam pietatem sacerdotem ac laicorum.

And as mentioned in The Book of Ceremonies by Very Rev. Laurence O’Connell and Fr. Walter Schmitz in connection with Callewaert’s Caeremoniale:

This [book ] is perhaps the clearest description of all ordinary ceremonies and is written by an outstanding authority. It is complemented by another book of the author, De Missalis Romani Liturgia. Together these two books gives a comprehensive treatment of rubrics and ceremonies. Callewaert is unusual for his depth of treatment. He gives the meaning and reason behind ceremonies whenever useful and always lists carefully his sources. His book is written in Latin and, unfortunately, is not published in this country. We recommend it without reservation...

Reprinted on natural-colored paper and bound in a red leatherette softcover paperback. This book is written entirely in Latin.

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De Breviarii Romani Liturgia, Liturgicae Institutiones- Tractatus Secundus by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  332 pages

Original year of publication: 1939
Reprinted in the year: 2010

A COMPREHENSIVE work on the historical development and principles of the Roman Breviary.

Includes chapters on:

  • Notions of the Divine Office and general rules

  • The History of the Canonical Office

  • The Constitutive Elements of the Office

  • Of the Various Hours of the Daily Office

  • Of the Various Offices

  • Of the Relation of the Office within itself

  • Of the Office outside the Breviary's corpus

Printed on natural-colored paper and perfect-bound in a blue leatherette softcover.

Text is entirely in Latin.

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De Sacra Liturgia Universim, Liturgicae Institutiones- Tractatus Primus by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  202 pages

Original year of publication: 1953
Reprinted in the year: 2010

PUBLISHED in its final edition posthumously after Msgr. Callewaert's death on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in 1943, this liturgical work is perhaps his crowning glory.

The first volume of a three-part set, De Sacra Liturgia Universim was intended as a study on liturgical matters for both the clergy and laity. It is especially pertinent today in the efforts to restore the Roman cultural ethos that comprises Western civilization; the highest and most effective means is of course through the Roman Liturgy.

The American Ecclesiastical Review (Volume 62) had this to say about De Sacra Liturgia Universim in its book critique of 1920:

The present volume is the introductory one to a series comprising the liturgical interpretation of the Breviary, Missal, Ritual, and the ecclesiastical cycle under the title Annus ecclesiasticus. The author treats his subject of the Liturgy in general not merely as a Prolegomena but as a distinct branch of the Institutiones Liturgicae. Accordingly he distinguishes cult or worship from the liturgical expression of the same, as set forth in the history of the Church. The first part enters upon the analysis of the subject in its broad aspects, considering the end and purpose of the liturgical service, the principal and secondary ministry, the fruits, from the doctrinal, moral, and ascetical points of view. The historical aspect begins with the apostolic tradition and follows up the successive practice and legislation through the periods of Oriental, Gallican, Roman, and various local usages, down to the reforms of Trent and the evolution of the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

 

The latter half of the volume is devoted to an inquiry into the sources of liturgical legislation, the early collections and the interpreting bodies such as the Sacred Congregations. A special article is devoted to the study of the texts, the preferences and corrections represented by the literary monuments and typical editions of the Roman liturgy. The final chapter, "De Liturgica Scientia ejusque Methodo", is intended to guide the student in the systematic inquiry as to the manner of exposition. There is a chapter on customs, also a good analytical index. The author has in press a practical guide on the Mass, under the title Caeremoniale in celebrandis Missis tam privatis quam solemnibus, in Vesperis et Laudibus SS. Sacramenti servandum.

 

                                                                                                    

Printed on natural-colored paper and perfect-bound in a ivory leatherette softcover.

The text is entirely in Latin.

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