Understanding the History of the Mass

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Understanding the History of the Mass

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Take a riveting journey through the history of our faith’s most vital celebration. 

The Liturgy of the Eucharist, or Mass, is the center of our liturgy. But the Mass has not been a static, staid practice throughout history. Rather, it has evolved over time to reflect the ever-changing world and Christ’s presence in it.

Like many thoughtful Catholics, you probably have questions about this powerful celebration. Now, you’ll find enlightening answers to your questions in Understanding the History of the Mass. Under the tutelage of Father John Baldovin, S.J., one of America’s leading liturgy experts, you’ll study how the first Christians celebrated the Mass, why it has changed over time, and what has remained constant.

After looking at its scriptural roots, you’ll explore how the Mass took form in the earliest centuries of the Church. Then, you’ll move through the Roman and Byzantine Masses in the Middle Ages, the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic response, and the ensuing liturgical reform in the Enlightenment. Finally, you’ll move into the modern reforms of the Second Vatican Council and what those reforms mean for us today.

Along the way, you will find a wealth of insights into wider Church history and the cultural developments that shaped current practices. Each time we celebrate the Mass, we honor Jesus’ command to “do this in memory of me.” The history of the liturgy is the marvelous story of the Church’s obedience to that command.

* This is a second edition of The History of the Mass with completely re-recorded and updated lectures.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Why Study the History of the Liturgy?
  • The Earliest Liturgies in the Didache and Justin Martyr
  • The Beginnings of the Eucharistic Prayer
  • The Development of the Entrance Rites and the Liturgy of the Word
  • The Classic Eucharistic Prayers
  • The Byzantine Liturgy
  • The Roman Mass in the Middle Ages, Part I: Liturgy of the Word
  • The Roman Mass in the Middle Ages, Part II: Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • The Roman Mass in the Middle Ages, Part III: Medieval Developments in the Mass
  • The Mass and the Protestant Reformation
  • The Mass in the English Reformation, the Free Church Tradition, and the Roman Catholic Response to the Protestant Reforms
  • Liturgical Reform from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
About Your Presenter

Fr. John F. Baldovin, S.J., Ph.D., has been teaching in university and seminary settings for the past 28 years. He is currently Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has taught at Fordham University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Fr. Baldovin worked with the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) from 1994-2002. He is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the international ecumenical Societas Liturgica. He is currently president of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy. His books include Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation: Understanding the Mass (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Liturgical Press, 2008).

Praise for John Baldovin, S.J.

“Fr. John Baldovin, SJ, is a first-rate liturgical scholar and an excellent teacher… As a committed Vatican II Catholic with an ecumenical sensitivity, there is no one better than he to lead us through and into the Eucharistic source and summit of the Christian Faith.”
The Rev. Maxwell E. Johnson, PhD., University of Notre Dame...

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