Learn the Liturgy
Save $10.00 when you purchase the set of 3 volumes of Vilma Little's Learn the Liturgy series!
Book 1 : Legendo
Book 1 of the "Learn the Liturgy Series" by Vilma Little, "Legendo" will kick-off your knowledge adventure with a bit of Latin. This book is not just another simple instruction in Liturgical Latin. So many other textbooks fall short of the mark for that very reason: they are written like textbooks. Little's work is entirely different. In the midst of learning the dry grammatical rules, throughout her work, Little wedges chunks of wisdom and insight into the lessons. Another nice feature of this work is how the pronunciation is presented. She doesn't simply give you the rules of Latin pronunciation and then let you go, each new word introduced as vocabulary for the readings is broken down into it's phonetic rendering, so there is no guessing about how a Latin word should sound when spoken. For example: multum, mool-toom. It's that easy. There is no guessing or speculating on the correct pronunciation. There being so many books available for learning the Latin of the Liturgy, this one is sure to stand out amoung the best. See for yourself.
Book 2 : The Chant
"The Chant" by Vilma Little is book 2 of the "Learn the Liturgy Series" that we are now offering. We'll let Vilma Little's peers describe this book- (from the back cover)
“All who have had experience of teaching the Gregorian Chant in this country must have felt the need of a simple and complete method. Translations of foreign books, no matter how excellent, can never adequately satisfy such a need. What is required is a book in which the whole technique of the Chant is unfolded from its very foundations without undue haste or compression and with the competence born of thorough knowledge and wide experience. Such a book is this for the whole subject is expounded with a lucidity as remarkable as it is rare.
We know of no work which can compare with this in the qualities requisite for a text-book. To teachers and students alike it should prove of inestimable value.” - Dom. A. Gregory Murray in Music and Liturgy.
“ Lovers of the Chant, whether teachers or students, should be grateful for the publication of 'The Chant.' The simplicity of its language makes it suitable for students; and the suggestiveness of many of its thoughts, often only hinted at in passing, should commend it to teachers.” - Magnificat.
“ V.G.L.'s work for Church music generally, and for Gregorian Chant in particular, is already widely known. 'The Chant,' with its sub-title of 'a simple and complete method for teachers and students,' sets forth in a scholarly manner, replete with purposeful aids culled from long experience in teaching and Chant, the methods employed by the authoress herself. The subject matter of this book is aptly chosen and worked out in a methodical and skilful way, proceeding from the simple to the complex, and leading the student through the various phases of the art without undue haste or worry.
That section devoted to the Psalmody is comprehensive, and here learners searching for the true spirit of Psalm singing, combined with its proper execution, will not go unsatisfied, whilst more cultured readers and any who have ample time and opportunity for study at their disposal, will soon discover that no better exposition, within equal compass, is to be found.
A former pupil of the great Dom Mocquereau, V.G.L. naturally employs the methods of the Solesmes School of interpretation.” - The Sower
Book 3 : The Sacrifice of Praise
Last but not least- here is book 3 of the "Learn the Liturgy Series" by Vilma Little. "The Sacrifice of Praise" finishes off your journey by giving you a complete understanding of the origins, meaning, and use of the Divine Office as an essential part of the liturgical function of the Church. From the back cover-
Today a growing number of people participate in the Church's official daily prayer; they use the psalms, the readings and sentences from scripture and the collects, sequences and hymns, which make up the Divine Office. Priests and religious are bound to it, but many layfolk also take their share in the Church's sacrifice of praise. This book is a simple introduction to it.
The author initiates the newcomer into the meaning of the Office, at the same time providing directions for its use. She explains the structure of the Office with short references to its historical growth out of the Jewish temple liturgy and the prayers of the Christians during the early centuries. Very detailed instructions are given to enable anyone to make a start without further help.
This book shows the substantial continuity of the Church's common prayer from the Old Testament times down to the present day. The theme is worked out in: (1) an historical sketch of the genesis and growth of the Canonical Hours; (2) an examination of the main constituent elements of the Office; and (3) a consideration of the varying characteristics of the seasons as reflected in the office.
There is a practical section giving minute directions for the day to day use of the Office, and a chapter on the spiritual value of the Church's officium, or daily duty of worship.