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The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy


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Fr. Adrian Fortescue

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A classic study of the history of the Roman liturgy from the pen of Fr. Adrian Fortescue, one of the best liturgical scholars of the English-speaking world.

Part 1: The origin and development of the Mass in general; the Eucharist in the first three Centuries. The Parent Rites and their Descendants; the Origin of the Roman Rite; the Mass since St. Gregory the Great.

Part 2 covers the Mass as we know it, adding notes to each prayer and ceremony. Bibliography for further study.

First published in 1912, Fr. Fortescue's liturgical-archaeological classic, The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy, remains one of the most erudite works ever written in English on the subject of the historical development of the ancient Roman Mass up to its present Tridentine¬Ě form. As an authority on the liturgies of the various Eastern Rites as well as the Latin, Fortescue had a unique expertise in comparing the few historical liturgical fragments available from the New Testament, Apostolic and Patristic times to the learned opinions of his contemporaries, thereby skillfully outlining how the Roman Mass perhaps developed over the centuries. He especially focused on how the Mass organically developed from Our Lord's First Mass, and definitively demonstrated that the traditional Roman Mass is the most ancient and venerable rite existing in the entire Church.

438 pp. Softcover.

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