The Mass of the Early Christians

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592763207
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 218,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Introduction 15
Part I How the Mass Began
1. The Breaking of the Bread and the Prayers 21
2. The Altar of Israel 28
3. All Things Made New 34
4. More Precious Than Gold 38
5. Word and Bread 44
Part II The Testimony of Witnesses
6. The New Testament 51
7. The Didache 66
8. St. Ignatius of Antioch 71
9. Pliny the Younger 76
10. St. Justin Martyr 81
11. St. Irenaeus of Lyons 90
12. St. Hippolytus of Rome 104
13. The Didascalia 111
14. St. Albercius and Pectorius 115
15. Heretical and Legendary Texts 118
16. Pagan Rumors 127
17. St. Clement of Alexandria 132
18. Origen of Alexandria 137
19. St. Dionysius the Great 144
20. Tertullian of Carthage 146
21. St. Cyprian of Carthage 153
22. The Liturgy of Addai and Mari 168
23. St. Sarapion of Thmuis 172
24. The Liturgy of St. James 178
25. St. Cyril of Jerusalem 189
Part III The Mass of the Early Christians
26. Bread of Heaven in Jesus Christ: An Imaginative Venture 205
Selected References 215
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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Mass History Book

    Great book on history of the Catholic Mass. Very informative on the differences between the way the Catholic Mass was celebrated by the first Christians and the way the Mass is celebrated today.

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