Byzantine-Slav Liturgy of St. John Chrystostom, The

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Second Hand Book. Dust jacket is a little worn. Book in excellent readable condition. An extremely small amount of underlining in the book.

This book is one of the original 10,000 copies printed in Tournai, Belgium in 1971.

What Jungmann had done for the Roman Mass, Father Kucharek has done for the Byzantine. This book is the most comprehensive work on the Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgy that has ever appeared in any modern language.

Entailing extensive research from the Eastern Fathers, from Greek, Latin, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Italian, French and English authors, the book coordinates, clarifies and interprets a great mass of material never made available to Western readers. Despite its impeccable scholarship, the work makes the mystery of the Byzantine Liturgy come alive for the average reader.

The book is divided into two parts.

PART ONE a succinct survey of the Eastern Eucharistic Liturgies during the first four centuries captures the original flavour of early Christianity, its fervour, simplicity and freedom. Though introductory, it smoothes the way to a deeper understanding of the spiritual tradition behind the present Byzantine Liturgy.

PART TWO deals with the Byzantine-Slav Liturgy in particular. Every ceremony, prayer and act is treated separately in its full historical, liturgical and theological form. Each item gives the reader an insight into the deep, authentic tradition of Eastern Slav spirituality and it’s. Syro-Byzantine antecedents.

The Byzantine Slav Liturgy is profoundly significant to all Eastern Christians, Catholic and Orthodox, who wish to know more about the captivating richness of their Eucharistic celebration and the spirit underlying it. Both Orthodox and Catholics will find themselves on common ground.

There is much here to surprise and instruct the Western reader. The East was the cradle of Christianity. Passing irrelevancies in the Church's life have made reforms necessary in the West. These usually have been carried out by a radical recourse to ancient Eastern sources. In clarifying this tradition, the book is invaluable to Latin rite Catholics for understanding their own liturgical reforms.

In a word, this book is a meeting, and reconciliation between the great traditions of Christianity which have known so little of each other for so long.

A native of Michigan, Father Casimir Kucharek changed from the Latin to the Byzantine-Slav Rite in order to serve the Ukrainians of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a graduate of the Pontificio Collegio di S. Giosafat in Rome.

His knowledge of classical and modem languages has suited him for research in the field of liturgy. He has served as a member of almost every Preparatory Commission for the First Provincial Synod of the Ukrainian Metropolitan See, held in Winnipeg in 1962, and of the various Eparchial Liturgical Commissions preparatory) to Vatican II.

What Jungmann had done for the Roman Mass, Father Kucharek has done for the Byzantine. This book is the most comprehensive work on the Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgy that has ever appeared in any modern language.

Entailing extensive research from the Eastern Fathers, from Greek, Latin, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Italian, French and English authors, the book coordinates, clarifies and interprets a great mass of material never made available to Western readers. Despite its impeccable scholarship, the work makes the mystery of the Byzantine Liturgy come alive for the average reader.

The book is divided into two parts. PART ONE, a succinct survey of the Eastern Eucharistic Liturgies during the first four centuries, captures the original flavor of early Christianity, its fervor, simplicity and freedom. Though introductory, it smoothes the way to a deeper understanding of the spiritual tradition behind the present Byzantine Liturgy.

PART TWO deals with the Byzantine-Slav Liturgy in particular. Every ceremony, prayer and act is treated separately in its full historical, liturgical and theological form. Each item gives the reader an insight into the deep, authentic tradition of Eastern Slav spirituality and its Syro-Byzantine antecedents.

THE BYZANTINE-SLAV LITURGY is profoundly significant to all Eastern Christians, Catholic and Orthodox, who wish to know more about the captivating richness of their Eucharistic celebration and the spirit underlying it. Both Orthodox and Catholics will find themselves on equal, common ground for here they are already one!

There is much here to surprise and instruct the Western reader. The East was the cradle of Christianity. Passing irrelevancies in the Church's life have made reforms necessary in the West. These usually have been carried out by a radical recourse to ancient Eastern sources. In clarifying this tradition, the book is invaluable to Latin rite Catholics for understanding their own liturgical reforms.

In a word, this book is a meeting and reconciliation between the great traditions of Christianity which have known so little of each other for so long.

Table of Contents

PART ONE
ANCIENT LITURGIES AND THE ORIGIN OF RITES

* The Apostolic Liturgy
* The Apostolic Catechetical Synaxis
* The Second-Century Liturgy
* The Agape
* Pre-Nicene Uniformity-Diversity
* The Last Century of the Pre-Nicene Eucharist
* The Persecutions and the Eucharist
* The Separation of the Liturgies
* The Post-Nicene Alexandrian and Ethiopian Liturgies
* The Post-Nicene Liturgy of Antioch and Syria
* The Main Syrian Derivatives : Palestine and Jerusalem
* The West Syrian Derivatives : Byzantium and Armenia
* The East Syrian Derivatives : Persia and Mesopotamia
* The Oriental Rites Today

PART TWO
THE DIVINE LITURGY IN DETAIL

The Rite of Preparation

* The Forms of Celebration
* The Setting of the Eucharist behind the Iconostas
* The Preliminary Preparations of the Ministers
* The Prayers before the Iconostas: Text
* The Prayers before the Iconostas: Interpretation
* The Vesting for the Sacrifice
* The Washing of the Hands
* The Ritual Preparation of the Gifts: General History
* The Preparation of the Main Bread, the Lamb
* The Pouring of the Wine and Water
* The First Commemoration
* The Commemoration Of the Church Triumphant
* The Commemoration of the Church Militant and Suffering
* The Incensing and Covering of the Gifts

Liturgy of the Catechumens: Introduction

* The Transitional Ritual
* The Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Dialogue
* The Opening Sign of the Cross
* The Great Ektenia, or Litany of Peace
* The Final Commendation Of the Ektenia
* The History of the Ektenia
* The Antiphons, their Prayers and Ektenias

Liturgy of the Catechumens: The Service of Readings

* The Little Entrance
* The Variable Hymns: Troparia and Kontakia
* The Trisagion
* The Blessing and Prokeimenon
* The Reading of the Epistle
* The Alleluia Chant and Pre-Gospel Prayer
* The Reading of the Gospel and the Homily
* The Insistent Ektenia
* The Dismissal of the Catechumens: its Origin

Liturgy of the Faithful: The Pre-Anaphoral Ritual

* The Intercessory Prayers of the Faithful
* The Cherubikon and Corresponding Prayer
* The Primitive Offertory
* The Great Entrance: Procession of the Offertory
* The Pre-Anaphoral Dialogue of Priest and Deacon
* The Offertory Ektenia and Prayer
* The Diptychs
* The Kiss of Peace
* The Creed

Liturgy of the Faithful: The Anaphora or Eucharistic Prayer

* The Origin of the Christian Anaphora
* The Introductory Dialogue
* The Preface
* The Hymn of Victory
* The Institution: The Narrative in General
* The Institution : Its Four Parts
* The Anamnesis
* The Epiclesis
* The Commemoration of the Church Triumphant
* The Intercessions for the Living and the Dead

Liturgy of the Faithful: The Communion Cycle

* Beginning of the Preparatory Prayers
* The Prayer of Inclination, Small Elevation and Koinonikon
* The Fraction and Commingling
* The Zeon-Teplota
* The Communion of the Clergy: Rite
* The Communion of the Clergy: Accompanying Prayers
* The Communion of the Faithful: In General
* The Communion of the Faithful: Procedure
* The Post-Communion Ritual
* The Thanksgiving after Communion
* The Ablutions and the Antidoron
* The Final Blessing, Apolysis, and Recession

Appendices

* The Anaphora from the Liturgy of St. Basil
* The Syro-Antiochene Anaphoras
* List of Liturgical Texts

Colour cover, 160 x 237mm, 836 pages, hardcover

Additional Information

Author Rev. C. Kucharek
Pages 836
Cover Hard
Width (mm) 160
Height (mm) 237

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