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A study of the twelfth-century Cistercian Hymnal.

In 1984, Chrysogonus Waddell sent the first volume of the Cistercian Liturgy Series, an edition and study of the twelfth-century Cistercian Hymnal, to Cistercian Publications in Kalamazoo for distribution and marketing. The fruit of many hours spent in European libraries, and on European trains, it was hailed by Citeaux: Commentarii Cistercienses as `A work of vast erudition' and `an important contribution to the history of Cistercian liturgy'. Composed on computer by Father Chrysogonus himself and printed and bound in the Gethsemani Abbey print shop, the set sold, at the author's insistence, for $12.00.

Once the original printing sold out, as it did remarkably quickly for so specialized a work, the price soared to $35, the cost of photocopying over its some four hundred pages. Of the eventual twenty, with one exception, multi-volume titles in the series, only one, CLS 18 The Twelfth-Century Cistercian Psalter, never materialized and remains a bibliographic ghost.

At the request of Citeaux: Commentarii Cistercienses, Father Chrysogonus turned his attention, his enormous energy, and his profound familiarity with the early documents of the Order to making much needed critical editions of twelfth-century Cistercian narrative and legislative documents. His unflagging plans to return to the publication of formative Cistercian liturgical documents in a new Cistercian Liturgical Series were cut short by his death in 2008.

 
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