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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Book: Catholic Priest, Image of Christ

Gracewing, together with a number of other European publishers, is marking the Year of the Priest with a number of titles. On Saturday 13 February at St Wilfrid's Hall (London Oratory) the most prestigious of these will be launched: Catholic Priest, Image of Christ. Through Fifteen Centuries of Art. The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest collaborated in the book, and Mgr Wach, the Founder and Prior General, will celebrate Mass in the Little Oratory before the book launch, at 11.30am

Here is the publisher's information about the book:
The editor of The Catholic Priest, Image of Christ, Steen Heidemann presents 560 images of the priesthood, from masterpieces of art across fifteen centuries, which vividly illustrate the vocation, call to sanctity, apostolic work, spirituality and liturgical activity of priests. Accompanying the illustrations are profound expositions of the priestly life from major figures of the Church: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez, Archbishop Raymond Burke, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Bishop Basile Mvé Engone, Bishop John Basil Meeking, Bishop Juan Rodolfo Laise; the Abbots of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault, Notre-Dame de Randol, Notre-Dame de Triors, Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux, Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse; a range of other distinguished priests including Fathers of the Oratory and of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The book also explores the question of what art is worthy to be used in the Church (the illustrations include many paintings and stained glass designs from the 21st century), and provides a gazetteer of significant contemporary artists working for the Church today.
Catholic Priest, Image of Christ. Through Fifteen Centuries of Art. is available from Gracewing, price £40
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