By Jonathan Moore
Pleasance Theatre, London, May-June 2015

The life and struggles of St Ignatius Loyola – muscular Christian and all-round poster-boy for the Counter-Reformation – does not immediately suggest itself as a fit subject for a contemporary art-house play. Especially if the playwright is Jonathan Moore – radical director of great opera premières such as Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek and one-time collaborator with Joe Strummer of The Clash (younger readers please refer to Google...). Yet here it is, played out in the Pleasance theatre a step away from the hipsterism and designer beer of the Caledonian Road. We walk into the theatre from all this activity outside to suddenly find ourselves immersed in the power politics and theological controversies of early 16th century Spain.

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July/August 2015

Composer: Karol Szymanowski
Royal Opera House, London, May 2015

Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the neglected masterpieces of the late-Romantic Polish composer, Karol Szymanowski. Why this should be is anyone’s guess but the most recent manifestation of his art – the Royal Opera House’s production of his masterpiece King Roger/Król Roger – has been fascinating for several reasons.

First of all let’s take the music. If you are not an advocate of what one early 20th century critic called the ‘Peach Brandy and Eternity’ school of lush late romanticism then you should look away now. However, if the final stages of Habsburg decadence collapsing into the eerie whispers of atonality appeals then this is the opera for you.

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July/August 2015

Author: Philip Caldwell & Lewis Ayres
ISBN: 978-1-4541-8038-2
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Date: 2014
Publisher: Fortress Press, USA


Reading the Liturgy
Author: Juliette J. Day
ISBN: 978-0-567-06395-9
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Date: 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T  Clark


Prophetic Liturgy
Author: Tercio Bretanha Junker
ISBN: 978-1-62032-956-5
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Date: 2014
Publisher: Pickwick Publications


The God We Worship
Author: Nicholas Wolterstorff
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7249-4
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Date: 2015
Publisher: Eerdmans
 
Catholics are continuing to mark the golden jubilee of Vatican II; it is often pointed out that the Fathers deliberately chose that the first constitution to be published should be that covering Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. In the light of this and other events pastoral liturgy continues to be a fruitful source for theological study and writing both in the Catholic Church and in other Christian communities. For Catholics, some of this study and writing, often contentious, has been prompted by new revisions of texts translated from the Latin (particularly the 2010 English translation) the continuing process of ‘reception’ of the Vatican II documents, and the place within the Catholic community of the ‘Extraordinary Form’ of the Roman rite since its use was ‘liberalised’ by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

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