Understanding the History of the Mass

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Understanding the History of the Mass

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How did the first Christians celebrate their faith? Why have Catholicism’s most cherished traditions evolved since then?

In 12 eye-opening lectures, you will take a riveting journey through the history of the Catholic faith’s most vital celebration.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist has deep roots in tradition. But the Mass has also enjoyed a dynamic history over the centuries. As you will discover, its ongoing evolution reflects the ever-changing world and Christ’s presence in it.

Like many inquisitive Catholics, you probably have questions about this powerful celebration. Now, you’ll find enlightening answers in Understanding the History of the Mass. Under the tutelage of Boston College’s Father John Baldovin, one of America’s leading liturgical scholars, you’ll study how the first Christians celebrated the Mass, why it has changed over time, and which practices have remained constant.

Along the way, you will find a wealth of insights into wider Church history and the cultural developments that shaped current practices. Available in both audio and video, this series is perfect for anyone—especially groups—interested in gaining a deeper understanding of theology and liturgical practices.

Each time we celebrate the Mass, we honor Christ’s command to “do this in memory of me.” Now is your chance to explore the history of the liturgy—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 lectures, now available in video.

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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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Summer 2018 Survey
This course provided a accurate historical perspective on the evolvement of Mass and it Review by Douglas Carney, Cicero, New York (Posted on 7/6/2018)
Comprehensive Study of Christian Liturgy
Fr. Baldovin's Understanding the History of the Mass provides a detailed and comprehensive look at the development of Christian liturgy from the 1st century to just before the Second Vatican Council. This course is a good introductory foundation for Fr. Baldovin's other Now You Know Media courses on the liturgy. Review by GE, MDiv (Posted on 6/3/2018)
2018 Spring Survey
This series describes the originals of our most sacred prayers from early Christianity. It provides multiple points of reference for further study. Review by Maria, Chapel Hill, NC (Posted on 4/10/2018)
2017 Christmas Survey
For me as a priest it improved my celebration of the liturgy Review by Father Mike VC. from Texas, USA (Posted on 12/15/2017)
2017 Christmas Survey
There is a lot I didn't know about the history of the Mass. Fr. Baldovin makes it clear where the Mass has come from, and likely where it is going in the future. Review by Fr. Kevin McGrath, O.S.B., Cullman, AL USA (Posted on 12/13/2017)
2018 Spring Survey
This presentation helped me understand how the Mass developed over the centuries, and helped me appreciate our liturgy. Review by Rev. Kevin McGrath, O.S.B. (Posted on 4/6/2018)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Clear and interesting overview of the subject Review by Dr. Richard Zeile, LCMS Detroit, MIchigan (USA) (Posted on 1/1/2017)
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