HANDBOOK TO THE CHRISTIAN LITURGY - By James Norman, M.A. - Archdeacon of the Herbert, North Queensland. - first published by the SPCK 1944. - This Edition prepared for katapi by Paul Ingram 2003.

Katapi editorial:

Since the publication of this book, the last fifty years has seen a great deal of liturgical experimentation.
In the Roman Catholic Church, following Vatican II, the sacrifice of the mass has been offered in the language of the people, while there has been a process of continual development in the Anglican Communion.
This book gives an informative background to the history & variety of forms throughout the Christian Church.

If your PC is enabled for sound you will be able to sample the chants for parts of the liturgy commented upon in the second half of the book.
I am indebted to those websites which have granted me permission to link into for the music sources used on this website. They are printed in the relevant parts of the text, & are listed on the katapi music links page.

The illustrations were photographed in Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, England.         

CONTENTS

HOME | INTRODUCTION | PART I | PART II | APPENDICES | ABBREVIATIONS | REFERENCES

PART I

LITURGIES - ABBREVIATIONS | AUTHORITIES CITED | INTRODUCTION

REGIONAL RITES  | Syria  | (a) Jerusalem | (b) Antioch | Egypt | The Byzantine Church | Armenia

THE WESTERN CHURCHES | Innocent I | Liber Pontificalis

THE ROMAN MISSAL: FIRST STAGE - COLLECTIONS OF OCCASIONAL MASSES

THE GALLICAN FAMILY | Spain | Gaul

THE EARLY GALLICAN RITE

THE ROMANO-GALLICAN RITE - FIRST STAGE

THE ROMANO-GALLICAN RITE - SECOND STAGE (GELASIAN)

THE ROMANO-GALLICAN RITE - THIRD STAGE

CONCLUSION

THE AMBROSIAN LITURGY

WESTERN CHURCHES SEPARATED FROM THE ROMAN CHURCH

CHARACTERISTICS OF REGIONAL RITES

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PART II.

COMMENTARY

Introductory Rites | The Making of the Bread | The Ordering of the Church | The Preparation of the Ministers | The Vesting of the Ministers | The Lavatory | The Prothesis | The Enarxis.

MASS OF THE CATECHUMENS -

PART I | The Entrance of the Ministers | The Introit | The Little Entrance | The Censing | The Hymn Trisagion | The Kyrie Eleison (of the Roman Liturgy) | The Prophecy (Benedictus Domine Deus) | The Gloria in Excelsis

 PART II | The Collect | The Lections | The Old Testament Lection | The Benedicite | The Epistle | The Respond (Gradual) | The Alleluia | The Tract | The Sequence | The Gospel | The Sermon | Dismissal of the Catechumens

THE MASS OF THE FAITHFUL -

PART I | The Prayers of the Faithful The Litany | Ecphonesis | The Prayers of the Faithful | The Inclination | The Creed | The Kiss of Peace | The Great Entrance

PART II | The Cheroubicon | The Offertory | The Lavabo | The Prayer of the Veil | The Diptychs of the Departed | The Collectio Post Nomina

THE ANAPHORA

PART I | The Great Thanksgiving (Eucharist) | The Western Preface | The Sanctus | The Thanksgiving (Resumed)

PART II | The Anamnesis | The Oblation | The Invocation or Epiclesis | The Blessing of Oils, etc | The Great Intercession | The Blessing

PART III | Introduction to the Lord's Prayer | The Inclination | The Elevation | The Fraction | The Commixture | The Consignation | The Agnus Dei | The Zeon | The Communion | The Thanksgiving | The Inclination | The Dismissal

APPENDICES

  1. Clement of Rome
  2. The Mozarabic Variables for the Epiphany
  3. Important Passages for the History of the Epiclesis
  4.  The Heavenly Altar
  5. The Peace

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ABBREVIATIONS

THE meaning of most of the abbreviations used in this book will be apparent.
The following require some explanation.

LITURGIES

Angl

The English Rite since the Reformation (including 1927-8).

B-Coutt

Burdett-Coutts MS. iii. 42.

Beri

MSS. at Berlin.

Berg

The Bergamo Sacramentary.

Biasc

The Sacramentary of Biasca.

Bobb

The Bobbio Missal.

Bodi

MSS. in the Bodleian Library.

B.M.

MSS. in the British Museum.

C-H

Canons of Hippolytus.

Copt

Coptic Liturgy of St. Cyril. The other Coptic liturgies are indicated by Copt-Bas, Copt-Greg.

Deir-B

Fragments discovered at Deir-Balyzeh.

Eng

English Rites before the Reformation.

Eth

Ethiopian Liturgy with the Anaphora of the Apostles.

 

Subordinate Anaphoras are indicated thus: Eth Chrys (St. John Chrysostom); Eth-Greg (Gregory of Alexandria); Eth-Greg-Arm (Gregory of Armenia); Eth-Jo (John the Evangelist); Eth-3i8 (The 318 Fathers); Eth-var (several Anaphoras).

Franc

Missale Francorum.

Gall

Gallican Rite.

Gall-vet

Missale GalUcanum vetus.

Gel

Gelasian Sacramentary.

Gel-Rhein

,,        ,,        Rheinau MS.

Illyr

The Mass of Flacius Illyricus.

Mer-3

Ethiopian MS. published and translated by S. A. B. Mercer.

Mess

Messina MS. (James and Mark).

Nic

The Creed of the Council of Nicaea.

P. or Par.

MSS. at Paris.

Ross

MS. Rossanensis. (James and Mark).

Rum

The Rumanian Rite.

Ruth

The Ruthenian Rite.

Sar

Sarum Missal.

Severus

The Syrian Anaphora of Severus.

Tasfa

Tasfa-Sion edition of the Ethiopian Liturgy.

Test-D

Testamentum Domini.

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AUTHORITIES REFERRED TO

Br. or Brightm.

F. E. Brightman, Liturgies Eastern &- Western.

C.Q.R.

Church Quarterly Review.

D.A.C.L.

Cabrol & Leclercq, Dictionnaire d'Archeologie Chretienne et de Liturgie.

H.B.S.

Henry Bradshaw Society publications.

J.T.S.

Journal of Theological Studies.

P.G.

Migne, Patrologia Graeca.

P.L.

Migne, Patrologia Latina.

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