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History of the Liturgy : The Major Stages - Marcel Metzer

History of the Liturgy

The Major Stages

By: Marcel Metzer, Madeleine Beaumont (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780814624333
Number Of Pages: 160

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How great the differences between the Last Supper celebrated by Jesus and a pontifical High Mass at St. Peter's in Rome! And also, between the early baptisms by immersion described in the Acts of the Apostles and the baptisms of newborns in our parishes today. Why such a change in the celebration of the Christian mystery? Why the recent reforms, often misunderstood? In History of the Liturgy, Marcel Metzger answers such questions and offers an understanding of this evolution through a carefully documented historical survey.

The essential forms of the liturgy were fixed very early according to the tradition received from the apostles. But the place given to biblical readings, teaching, singing, and ritual has varied in the course of the centuries.

In History of the Liturgy, Metzger describes the most important phases of these changes. In describing the first millennium, he focuses on liturgy's essentials common to the Eastern and Western Churches. In describing the second millennium, he explains the deviations of the Western Churches which called for the effort of reform and renewal begun by Vatican II.

Metzger studies the development of the liturgical institutions and distinguishes liturgy's five main stages that correspond to the situations of the Churches in ancient, medieval, and modern societies. He begins by focusing on the apostolic period, roughly the first century of our era, until the death of the apostles. He follows by studying the period of minorities and semi-clan destiny until the beginning of the fourth century. He then focuses on the Peace of the Church," which grants public status to the churches in the Empire, fosters their growth, and organizes the collaboration between Empire and Church. The work concludes by studying the stability, rigidity, renewals, and reforms of the Roman liturgy, from the end of the Middle Ages to Vatican II.

This clear and accurate survey of the history of liturgy is designed to awaken readers' interest, on a solid yet introductory level, in the realities that have made and still make up the Church's liturgical life: assemblies, Eucharist, baptism, reconciliation, dally praise, the Church's calendar, and its architecture.

In History of the Liturgy, Metzger stresses that if history is the teacher of life, the eyes of Christian faith allow us to recognize in it as well the mysterious presence of God, who, through the Spirit, guides his people. And this happens, above all, in the liturgy.


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. . . goes to the heart of what is Liturgy and why it has developed to the point at which we celebrate it today.The Priest

Introductionp. 1
The Historical Study of the Liturgyp. 7
Apostolic Times: The First Centuryp. 16
The Liturgy in Christian Minorities during Times of Relative Clandestinityp. 31
The Liturgy in the Roman Empire after the Peace of the Churchp. 64
Christendom: The Conversion of Nations and the Administration of the Common Peoplep. 113
Stability, Fixity, and Restorations of the Roman Liturgy from the Twelfth Century to Vatican IIp. 122
Conclusionp. 139
Notesp. 142
Selected Bibliographyp. 147
Glossaryp. 152
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ISBN: 9780814624333
ISBN-10: 0814624332
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.46  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.18