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The Mass of the Early Christians (2001)

by Mike Aquilina

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What did the first Christians believe about the Eucharist? How did they follow Jesus? command, ?Do this in remembrance of me? How did they celebrate the Lord's Day? What would they recognize in today's Mass? The answers may surprise you. In The Mass of the Early Christians, author Mike Aquilina reveals the Church's most ancient Eucharistic beliefs and practices. Using the words of the early Christians themselves ? from many documents and inscriptions ? Aquilina traces the Mass's history from Jesus? lifetime through the fourth century. The Mass stood at the center of the Church's life, evident in the Scriptures as well as the earliest Christian sermons, letters, artwork, tombstones, and architecture. Even the pagans bore witness to the Mass in the records of their persecutions. In these legacies from the early Church, you'll hear and ?taste and see? the same worship Catholics know today: the altar, the priests, the chalice of wine, the bread, the Sign of the Cross'the ?Lord, have mercy'the ?Holy, holy, holy'and the Communion. You'll see vividly how Jesus followed through on his promise to be with us always, until the end of time.… (more)
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A very brief overview of the writings of many early Church fathers as they describe the mass (really, the Eucharist). It's arranged by person, rather than by element. Meant for reading rather than scholarship, it offers some interesting insights to the early meetings of Christians. ( )
1 vote legallypuzzled | Mar 7, 2010 |
After a brief introduction, the author has collected brief segments from various Early Church Fathers on how they celebrate and think about the Mass.

I really enjoyed the book, it is readable, even for non-theologians. The quotes come from a variety of people, famous and not as much, Christians and non-Christians. It was fascinating to see how similar the Mass I go to today is to what was celebrated in the first couple of centuries.

The last chapter was also one of my favorites as the author combines the info from the previous chapters to narrate what it would have been like to go to Mass in the first couple of centuries. ( )
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What did the first Christians believe about the Eucharist? How did they follow Jesus? command, ?Do this in remembrance of me? How did they celebrate the Lord's Day? What would they recognize in today's Mass? The answers may surprise you. In The Mass of the Early Christians, author Mike Aquilina reveals the Church's most ancient Eucharistic beliefs and practices. Using the words of the early Christians themselves ? from many documents and inscriptions ? Aquilina traces the Mass's history from Jesus? lifetime through the fourth century. The Mass stood at the center of the Church's life, evident in the Scriptures as well as the earliest Christian sermons, letters, artwork, tombstones, and architecture. Even the pagans bore witness to the Mass in the records of their persecutions. In these legacies from the early Church, you'll hear and ?taste and see? the same worship Catholics know today: the altar, the priests, the chalice of wine, the bread, the Sign of the Cross'the ?Lord, have mercy'the ?Holy, holy, holy'and the Communion. You'll see vividly how Jesus followed through on his promise to be with us always, until the end of time.

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