Springtime of the Liturgy: Liturgical Texts of the First Four Centuries

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Lucien Deiss
Liturgical Press, 1979 - Religion - 307 pages
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(Re-released as part of the Classics in Liturgy series) Originally published as Early Sources of the Liturgy, this book presents the principal texts of the Christian liturgy from its beginnings to the fifth century. Included among the main sources treated are liturgical texts of the Jewish tradition; doxologies, hymns, and blessings of the New Testament; the Didache; the Letter to the Corinthians of Clement of Rome; the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus of Rome; the Anaphora of Addai and Mari; the Didascalia of the Apostles; the Euchology of Serapion.

Later witnesses include the Strasbourg Papyrus; the Apostolic Constitutions; the Euchology of Der Balyzeh; the Catechesis of Cyril of Jerusalem.

Lucien Deiss, CSSp, for ten years a professor of theology and Scripture at the Grand Scholastica de Chevilly-Larue, is one of the pioneers of the biblical and liturgical renewal. He worked for the reform brought about by Vatican II and participated in the ecumenical translation of the Bible. He is the author of numerous books, including Celebration of the Word; Springtime of the Liturgy; The Mass; and Joseph, Mary, Jesus, published by The Liturgical Press. He has composed many liturgical songs, some of which have been translated into the principal world languages, including Chinese.


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A historical collection of liturgical texts, and commentary, beginning with Jewish non-Biblical prayers and then going on through evidence for the liturgy (not always liturgies themselves, but also sources describing liturgical events) from the beginning of Christianity to the late 300s AD. Read full review


The Account of the Institution of the Eucharist
Doxologies Blessings and Hymns of the New Testament
The Didache
Clement of Rome The Letter to the Corinthians
The Witness of Saint Justin
The Homily on the Pasch of Melito of Sardis
Clement of Alexandria
The Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus of Rome
The Euchology of Serapion of Thmuis
The Strasbourg Papyrus
The Apostolic Constitutions
The Euchology of Der Balyzeh
Klasmata or Various Fragments
The Catecheses of Cyril of Jerusalem
Table of Sources

The Anaphora of Addai and Man
The Didascalia of the Apostles

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Page 17 - Magnified and sanctified be his great name in the world which he hath created according to his will. May he establish his kingdom during your life and during your days, and during the life of all the house of Israel, even speedily and at a near time, and say ye, Amen.
Page 4 - They are Israelites, and to them belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ.

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