- Title: The Mass of the Early Christians
- Author: Mike Aquilina
- ISBN: 9781592763207
- Page: 331
- Format: Paperback
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What did the first Christians believe about the Eucharist How did they follow Jesus command, Do this in remembrance of me How did they celebrate the Lord s Day What would they recognize in today s Mass The answers may surprise you.In The Mass of the Early Christians, respected author, scholar, and television host Mike Aquilina reveals the Church s most ancient EucharistWhat did the first Christians believe about the Eucharist How did they follow Jesus command, Do this in remembrance of me How did they celebrate the Lord s Day What would they recognize in today s Mass The answers may surprise you.In The Mass of the Early Christians, respected author, scholar, and television host Mike Aquilina reveals the Church s most ancient Eucharistic beliefs and practices Using the words of the early Christians themselves from many documents and inscriptions Aquilina traces the history of the Mass from Jesus lifetime through the fourth century That the Mass stood at the center of the Church s life is evident in the Scriptures, as well as the earliest Christian sermons, letters, artwork, tombstones, and architecture Even the pagans bore witness to the Mass in the records of their persecutions.These legacies from the early Church bear witness to the same worship Catholics know today the altar, the priest, the chalice of wine, the bread, the Sign of the Cross the Lord, have mercy the Holy, holy, holy and the Communion.
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Brilliant read. I picked this up because I wanted to get a better idea of the development of the Mass from the Last Supper. The book focused heavily on the Mass's development through the first few hundred years of Christianity and primarily through the eastern Church fathers. To my delight, I was able to learn how much of an influence the eastern Church fathers really did play (saints and non-saints alike) in the development of the canons of the Eucharistic prayer. I think, however, that initial [...]
Fr. Joseph Linck, in the foreword, comments that this book "is an excellent compendium of documents testifying to [the] earliest belief and practice" of the liturgical witness (11). I wholeheartedly agree.An introductory section gives Old Testament background to Christian liturgical practices and then discusses how Jesus used these practices in establishing a new liturgy.The meat of the book contains original writings from the New Testament through the fourth century. Short introductions provide [...]
I have always been fascinated by the early church - those Christians who were closest to the time of Christ and the Apostles. This is Christianity in its infancy, but also in its purest, unadulterated form. What this book shows, as does any reading from the first 200-300 years of Christianity, is that the early church worshiped in a liturgy, that liturgy ALWAYS centered around the Eucharist, and the belief in the true presence (flesh and blood) of Christ was fundamental and essential to that Euc [...]
A wonderful primer on what the early Church had to say about the Mass. It is beautiful to read words that mirror or at least echo what we still use to this day throughout the world at Mass from the mouths of those who lived within a generation or two of Jesus and the Apostles. Amazing to see the preservation of Tradition that the Church Jesus established has accomplished over two thousand years uncorrupted. Mike Aquilina spends most of the book giving a chapter to a different person who lived du [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's sort of a primer on the early church fathers, wherein the author draws from their writings on the mass and liturgy. I was constantly awed by his early the liturgy took form, that even in the lifetime of the apostles (or at least the end of the first century) some of the prayers and the rough outline of the mass existed. It's humbling and beautiful to reflect on just how ancient the Church is, and on the unbroken line that exists from Christ through the apostl [...]
Heavy use of patristic sources and a wonderful and easy to read account of how Eucharist was celebrated in the earliest days of the Christian tradition. The resemblance to our current liturgy is striking and certainly enriches the liturgical experience as a tradition handed down to us unbroken from its patristic/scriptural roots. The theology of this work is readable even for the casual reader and yet the scholarship is also exemplary. Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to learn more about [...]
I can't give a tangible reason as to why I only gave this four stars. It is solid. Rich with direct quotes from historical documents and solid. However, I found it difficult to connect with. I think, perhaps, the format was a challenge for me. It makes complete sense but it just wasn't what I was looking for at this time. Why didn't feel like there was a thread I could follow throughout the book but rather I was getting lots of four and six page miniature biographies.
Shows how consistent the early church fathers were about applying the teaching - and interesting especially with regard to the secrecy around the rites in the written accounts. They were constantly fighting heretics and schisms to keep the traditions of the apostles, as handed to them by Jesus. The references and timeline in this book are valuable, and will point to more reading.
Fascinating history. The description of the Church in its infancy recorded by Roman magistrate "Pliny the Younger" was particularly interesting. The author demonstrates well how "liturgy is the memory of the Church," that liturgy was present from the beginning, and how little the Mass has changed in 2000 years.
It was very interesting to find the liturgy of the very early church so similar to the practices of today. Preserving a practice, or an entire set of practices, over centuries is amazing. I feel that Catholics of today would be very much at home attending a first century mass.
I actually enjoyed reading the last chapter of this book best, because it walked the reader through an early mass step by step. The rest of the book covered writings of early apostles, some respected and some controversial, mostly focusing on holy communion in the early church.
Good book. Mike does a great job of presenting the Fathers of the Church and how they relayed the Mass to the faithful, and how this has been carried down through the ages.
Pretty dry, but offers plenty of text from older church writings about the Eucharist.
Very interesting look at how early Chrisitians (Catholics!) celebrated the breaking of the bread.
Wonderful explantion of the early church.
I guess I'm in the minority but the book was average to me . It read more like it was an overview and not really much else
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