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Eucharist : Essence, Form, Celebration: Second Revised Edition (Revised) - William A. Jurgens


Essence, Form, Celebration: Second Revised Edition (Revised)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1992
ISBN: 9780814610367
Number Of Pages: 272

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This well-known and respected work on the eucharistic celebration has been updated and revised. The editor Monsignor Maas-Ewerd has incorporated the insights of recent research, updated the bibliography, and re-formulated many passages in light of some important changes in thought and language since the first edition.

The Eucharist: Essence, Form, Celebration helps readers gain an understanding of correct form for celebration of the eucharistic liturgy in light of the renewals of Vatican Council II. It is therefore an explanation of the Mass, as Pius Parsch, to whom the first edition was dedicated, understood it. It is an explanation both of the biblical foundations and of the historical development of the liturgy within its two-thousand-year tradition. Thus, Maas-Ewerd maintains that we must inquire into both aspects - Jesus' foundational intention and the Church's long tradition of celebrating the Lord's legacy - to obtain a clear picture of the enduringly valid form of the Mass at all times, including its present realization.

In the foreword to the first edition, Johannes Emminghaus wrote that, despite the many content and language changes since the first edition, Parsch's fundamental principle was correct, and it remains so today: the essence or nature of the liturgy can only be explained on the basis of Christ's institution (as witnessed in Scripture) and the traditional teaching of the Church. Its form, in turn, with its many changes and its high and low points, is explicable also through Scripture and history; but the manner of its celebration can only be explained through the form as we know it and especially through the concrete faith of people.

The intent of The Eucharist: Essence, Form, Celebration is practical: it is meant as an aid to an appropriate and responsible celebration of the congregational Eucharist. Readers - those in ministry, teachers, catechists, and members of parish liturgical committees and study groups, as well as those interested in Church history - are invited to an active participation, one that bears fruit because it stems from faith.

Maas-Ewerd maintains that our task now is to live with the renewed liturgy, to integrate it more fully into our lives, and at the same time understand and celebrate it as a sign of salvation and as the Church's self-expression. The Eucharist: Essence, Form, Celebration encourages this process.

Part One is "The Fundamental Structure of the Mass Through the Ages." Chapters are: "Fundamental Structure of the Mass," and "The Continuing Identity of the Mass Through Many Changes." Part Two is "The Celebration of Mass in Its Current Form." Chapters are: "The Celebration Begins," "Liturgy of the Word," "The Celebration of the Eucharist," and "The Conclusion of the Mass." A reminiscence of Professor Johannes H. Emminghaus (1919-1989), a bibliography, appendices, and an index are also included.


Translator's Note
Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword to the 1992 Edition
The Fundamental Structure of the Mass through the Agesp. 1
Fundamental Structure of the Massp. 3
The Eucharistic Celebrationp. 3
The Liturgy of the Wordp. 27
The Unity of the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharistp. 34
The Continuing Identity of the Mass Through Many Changesp. 39
Creative Beginningsp. 39
The Universal Churchp. 50
The Mass of the Franks (8th-10th Centuries)p. 64
The Subjective Shiftp. 70
After the Council of Trent: Uniformity Replaces Unity in Varietyp. 83
The Modern Liturgical Renewalp. 88
The Celebration of the Mass in Its Current Formp. 99
The Celebration Beginsp. 104
The Liturgy of the Wordp. 135
The Celebration of the Eucharist: Introduction and Overviewp. 156
The Preparation of the Giftsp. 158
The Eucharistic Prayerp. 170
The Communionp. 190
The Conclusion of the Massp. 212
Recollection of a Westphalian in Vienna: A reminiscence of Professor Johannes H. Emminghaus (1916-1989)p. 217
Bibliographyp. 222
Structure of the Mass and the Significance of Its Partsp. 225
Structure of the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I)p. 229
Structure of Eucharistic Prayers II-IVp. 231
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780814610367
ISBN-10: 0814610366
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised