A classic theological text rediscovered and brought back into print, Pastoral Liturgy is an important contribution to the field of liturgical studies and a prophetic vision of the Church’s future. In 1960, soon after Pope John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council, Jesuit priest and scholar Joseph Jungmann followed up his The Mass of the Roman Rite with another great theological work titled Pastoral Liturgy. In many ways a companion to The Mass of the Roman Rite, Pastoral Liturgy chronicles the history and evolution of the people’s participation in the Liturgy and in the prayers and devotions common at the dawn of the council. Pastoral Liturgy is prophetic as well as academic. Its essays about the place of the Church in the modern world are as relevant as ever and Jungmann’s work in many ways anticipates what George Weigel and others have called “Evangelical Catholicism”—the attempt to proclaim the good news in word and sacrament while recognising the challenges presented by the modern secular world.
Joseph A Jungmann, SJ (1889–1975), an Austrian Roman Catholic priest and scholar, was ordained to the priesthood in 1913 and entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) four years later. Jungmann is best known for his contributions to Catholic catechetics and liturgical studies. In particular, he is associated with the renewal of the Eucharistic liturgy and served on the Second Vatican Council’s commission that produced Sacrosanctum Concilium, a document on liturgy and worship, in 1964. He authored many books, including Liturgical Worship, Christian Prayer through the Centuries, and The Mass of the Roman Rite.