Increasing interest in the liturgy among the laity has been generated by formal encouragement of greater participation in the Mass, by Liturgical Week observances, and by study of the formal worship of the Church by seriously interested groups of Catholics. Father Nicholas Liesel, a graduate of the papal Oriental Institute in Rome, aware of the dearth of information available to Latin Rite Catholics about the Church's Eastern heritage, uses this book to supply them with the next best thing to the actual observance of the twelve Eastern rites. He has selected 114 close-up photographs to illustrate the history of each rite, the basic structure of the Eucharistic celebration, and other noteworthy points of interest. Donald Attwater, noted authority in the field of Church History, contributes a foreword praising the book as an ""impressive testimony to the real catholicity of the Church"". Eastern Catholic Liturgies is a beautifully produced, informative book which should help the thirty nine million Latin-Rite Catholics learn more about the way in which one million of their co-religionists in the Eastern Rite worship.