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#1 Reader Luke

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:06 PM

I'm interested in finding some books that study the history of the development of the Liturgy/Mass in the Church as well as books which study the development specifically of the Divine Liturgy.

I've heard many references to changes in the Liturgy over time, even if gradual and slight, and was wondering if there is any exhaustive or comprehensive study out there on its development and evolution. Does anyone know such books that may be out there? Preferably by Orthodox authors but could be Latin if need be.

#2 Jeremy Phillips

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:37 PM

"Byzantine Liturgical Reform" by Thomas Pott.

http://www.svspress....tine-tradition/

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

There are many books in English in the development of the liturgy, not that liturgy can relay be studied separate from the development of the church as all aspect are interrelated Metropolitan Zizioulas's book Eucharist, Bishop, Church is a good book on the devlopment of the church in the first three centures. Another book I used as an undergraduate which is accademicly sound if written by an Anglican, the book is The Search for the origins of Christian worship, by Paul Bradshaw.

Scholarship in this area is very varied and although some bits are good there are also some very poor pieces of research avalabel on the market, it is always best to check the accademic pedigree of author. I would also say that the liturgy in the first five centures is distinct but only really understandable in the context of the eccleology of the time and situation of a given liturgy.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:38 PM

Thank you, is there any other books that may discuss the changes to the Divine Liturgy after the 1000's? (That is, up to the modern era)

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:08 PM

There are many books and articles by Fr. Robert Taft, a Byzantine Rite Jesuit. He is one of the foremost scholars of Liturgy in our time. He has also written over 200 articles on the subject. I would start with the Byzantine Rite: a Short History. It is more like a large pamphlet, but gives a good introduction. The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West is a large volume that is very detailed. The Through Their Own Eyes book is a series of lectures on eye-witness accounts of the Byzantine period. -http://www.amazon.co...49895667&sr=1-3

Fr. Gregory Woolfenden of Blessed Memory also has a good book - http://www.amazon.co...49895827&sr=1-2

There is also Hugh Wybrew's book - http://www.amazon.co...49896063&sr=1-1

Sbdn. Anthony

Edited by Anthony Stokes, 10 October 2012 - 07:09 PM.
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