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

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Lucien Deiss
Liturgical Press, 1979 - 307 pages

(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 Mari
The Didascalia of the Apostles

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Page 25 - This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
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 46 - That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Page 25 - And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves : for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
Page 44 - Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of meeting, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Page 25 - Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you ; do this in remembrance of me.
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.
Page 24 - Take, eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Page 24 - And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them : and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
Page 74 - God hath fulfilled the same unto our children, in that he raised up Jesus ; as also it is written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

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