Summary of Ecclesia orans 39, no. 1 (2022)
Founded in 1984, Ecclesia orans is the official periodical of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy. Its principles and objectives are founded on Sacrosanctum Concilium (the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy), with particular emphasis on articles 15, 16, 23 and 44. Subscribe to Ecclesia orans here.
To Set Forth His Most Worthy Praise: An Overview of Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition)
The apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus provides that liturgical texts from the Anglican tradition may be approved by the Apostolic See for use by the personal ordinariates. The publication of Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition) for the personal ordinariates in Great Britain and Australia gives the text for the recitation of the Divine Office by the clergy and lay faithful of these communities, preserving the Anglican liturgical patrimony for use in the Catholic Church. This article offers an overview of this liturgical book, traces its development alongside its North American counterpart, and reviews its contents.
From Logos to Spirit Revisited: The Development of the Epiclesis in Syria and Egypt
Nathan P. Chase
Scholars have long debated how the anaphoral epiclesis developed and when a pneumatic epiclesis first appeared in Eucharistic celebrations. This has led scholars to discuss some of the earliest Syrian and Egyptian evidence, in particular the epicleses in the Acts of Thomas and the anaphora of Sarapion of Thmuis, and whether epicletic developments in Syria and Egypt paralleled one another. Recent work on δύναµις («Power») epicleses, and new examples of these epicleses in Egypt, strengthens the case that epicletic developments in Syria and Egypt followed a similar trajectory: 1) requests for Christ’s presence; 2) requests for the Son, using titles like Logos, Power, Name; 3) requests for both the Son and Spirit; and finally, 4) requests for the Spirit alone.
In genere officii, in genere signi, in genere ritus. Breve storia ragionata dell’intelligenza teologica delle azioni rituali cristiane
An understanding of liturgical action on a systematic level has long been perceived, in the last century, as a kind of “diminution”. Indeed, the Liturgical Movement has been understood as “anti-systematic”. In fact, a historical re-reading, looking at the two millennia, can elaborate a complex systematics, which places side by side to the “genus signi et causae” the classic “genus officii” and the new “genus ritus”. Not without grasping the tensions and transformations that these three genres have determined in history and can still cause in the experience of contemporary faith.
Διὰ λόγου (Giustino, I Apologia 67,4). La Parola di Dio ai fedeli
The text focuses on the complement διὰ λόγου which can be read in Justin (I Apol. 67,4), within the description of the gathering of Christians «on the day called the sun». In light of the context and in consideration of the role that the President plays during the assembly, it seems to us that we can affirm that λόγος in this passage of the I Apol. refers not to the “speech” given by the one who presides but to the Word of God and, specifically, to the Word that has been read and by virtue of which both the admonition and the exhortation to do precisely the teaching contained and transmitted by the apostolic and prophetic texts. If the προεστώς presides over the gathering, the λόγος read, preached and celebrated is the first reason.
L’“assillo” della riforma liturgica e il ritorno al “Magnum principium”: Le traduzioni dei libri liturgici
Pietro Angelo Muroni
This article offers a reasoned overview of the work of translation of liturgical books that has characterized the reform of Vatican II up to the present day and that Annibale Bugnini, in his well-known volume La riforma liturgica, identifies as «the first and most pressing problem that the Council reform has faced», hence the title of this contribution. The main purpose is not to propose a punctual history of the translations from Vatican II to today but, starting from the data of history, to highlight some nodal points, some achievements and some open yards that emerge from these 59 years since the publication of Sacrosanctum concilium and that have characterized and accompanied the translation of the ordines until the publication of the Motu proprio Magnum principium of Pope Francis and that will characterize the future.
Approaching the Ecclesia in Medieval Coptic Cairo: Church Entrance Petitions
from the Thirteenth-Century Copto-Arabic Manuscript Suryān Liturgy 383 (Folia 190r-194r)
This study draws attention to the need for greater investigation into medieval Coptic liturgical history through an edition and translation of three previously unknown Copto-Arabic prayers recited en route to and upon entering the church. These thirteenth-century prayers are preserved in MS Suryān Liturgy 383 (fols. 190r–194r), written by the Coptic Pope Gabriel III (r. 1268–1271 ce) before his elevation to the patriarchate. After a brief codicological and paleographical introduction to the codex, the author presents a commentary on the extra-liturgical and spiritual applications of these prayers, and scrutinizes the medieval piety surrounding such entrance rituals. While lay usage cannot be ruled out, the evidence suggests use by monastics. Finally, the prayers are compared to parallels within other traditions of the Christian East, including Syriac and Byzantine texts, highlighting the need for further comparative studies on the late medieval developments in liturgy’s “soft points.”
Edizioni e traduzioni dell’Itinerarium Egeriae
Basilius J. Bert Groen reviews Maxwell E. Johnson, The Church in Act: Lutheran Liturgical Theology in Ecumenical Conversation. Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2015. xxiii + 278 pages. 29.00. ISBN: 9781451488838. $
Keith F. Pecklers reviews Enrico Cattaneo, Il Servizio Ministeriale: Riflessioni dei Padri della Chiesa. Milano: Presentazione di Federico Lombardi, 2019. 294 pages.€ 21.00. ISBN: 9788851422264.
Hans-Jürgen Feulner reviews Stefan Geiger, Der liturgische Vollzug als personal-liturgischer Erfahrungsraum. Liturgietheologische Erkundungen in den Dimensionen von Personalität und Ekklesiologie (Theologie der Liturgie 16). Regensburg: F. Pustet, 2019. 496 pages. € (D) 49.95 / € (A) 51.40. ISBN: 9783791731025.
Keith F. Pecklers reviews Bob Hurd, Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People: Liturgical Foundations of Christian Spirituality. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2019. 256 pages. $ 24.95. ISBN: 9780814684627.
Angelo Lameri reviews Rémi Lepage, Sacerdoce des baptisés et liturgie: une prespective rituelle (Liturgia condenda 31). Leuven, Paris, Bristol: Peeters, 2019. x + 275 pages. € 64.00. ISBN: 9789042940390.
Daniel P. McCarthy reviews Richard S. Vosko, Art and Architecture for Congregational Worship: The search for common ground. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2019. 248 pages. $ 29.95. ISBN: 9780814684719, 8471.
Juan Javier Flores Arcas reviews Angel García Ibanez, Conversione e Riconciliazione. Trattato storico-teologico sulla penitenza postbattesimale (Sussidi di Teología), Rome: EDUSC, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, 2020. 664 pages. € 50.00. ISBN: 9788883339080.
Francesco Bonomo reviews Pilar Río, Chiesa e liturgia. Apporti del rinnovamento liturgico all’ecclesiologia del XX secolo (Biblioteca di iniziazione alla liturgia 6). Rome: EDUSC, 2020. 269 pages. € 25.00.
Valerio Polidori reviews Stefano Parenti, L’anafora di Crisostomo. Testi e contesti (Jerusalemer Theologischer Forum 36). Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, 2020. 661 pages. € 74.00. ISBN: 3402110555.
James F. Puglisi reviews Paulina Pylvänäinen, Agents in liturgy, charity and communication. The task of female deacons in the Apostolic Constitutions (Studia Traditionis Theologiae 37). Turnhout: Brepols, 2020. xxi + 275 pages. € 65.00. ISBN 9782503589176.
Wilm Sanders reviews Georg Taubitz, Codex Hamburgensis, Roma. Biblioteca Vallicelliana. Codex B 141, Edizione del manoscritto e analisi storico-liturgico. Vienna, Zürich, Münster: LIT, 2020. 402 pages. € 59.90. ISBN: 9783643913463.