By Jean Danielou
Over the last forty years, there was a revival in the Catholic Church spotting the biblical roots of the liturgy. Figures comparable to Scott Hahn have led the best way for Catholics - and non-Catholics - to appreciate the deep Scriptural foundation for some of the liturgies in the Church, specially the Mass. Fr. Jean Danielou was once the forerunner of this revival, and this ebook, "The Bible and the Liturgy" is without doubt one of the foundational stones of this edifice.
Fr. Danielou, who used to be made a Cardinal by way of Pope Paul VI in 1969, used to be a massive determine within the "resourcement" circulate within the Catholic Church resulting in Vatican II. This flow wanted to "return to the assets" for figuring out all facets of Catholic theology together with the liturgy; the resources they needed to come to have been essentially the writings of Scripture and the Church Fathers. This e-book, initially written in 1956, is a fantastic fruit of this flow, as Fr. Danielou explores the biblical roots of the liturgy as understood via the Church Fathers. The booklet essentially specializes in the 3 sacraments of initiation: baptism, affirmation, and the Eucharist, and follows the improvement of the rites of those 3 sacraments, from their biblical roots to their perform within the first 5 centuries of Christianity. yet the place this ebook rather shines is in its research of the Sabbath and its successor, the Lord's Day. Fr. Danielou explores a number of the pictures the Fathers used to give an explanation for the move of the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, the "Eighth Day." this can be theology that's frequently forgotten this present day, however it has a truly functional program in aiding Christians this day to put aside an afternoon for the worship of the Lord.
This is a booklet that may be learn time and again to a lot revenue. The college of Notre Dame Press is to be counseled for republishing this vintage of liturgical theology.
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60this sign is a T, for the New Testament also, in the Apocalypse, shows the saints as marked with the sign of the Lamb (7:4), 14 and this sign is probably that of the Cross, that is, a T. So if we recall the fact that the Apocalypse is filled with allusions to Baptism, it certainly seems as if this sign of the Lamb refers to the sphragis of the liturgy of initiation. Be this as it may, we see the meaning that was given to the baptismal sphragis along these lines: it marked the character of inviolability of the Christian.
34; Botte118). And St. Gregory of Nyssa shows the baptized as wearing "the tunic of the Lord, shining like the sun, which clothed Him with purity and incorruptibility when He went up on the Mount of the Transfiguration" ( XLIV, 1005 C. See also XLIV, 764 D). Another series of texts find in the white robes the restoration of the original integrity in which the first Adam was created. Here the symbolism of the clothing with white garments is again related to the symbolism of paradise which we have met already in connection with the taking off of the old garments, symbol of the garments of skin in which man was clothed after the Fall, the white robes being the symbol of the recovery of the vestment of light which was man's before the Fall.
P. 39-51. 13 See W. Vischer, Les Livres de Moïse, French translation, p. 103. 9 Greg. Naz. Ho. ; XXXVI, 372 A. -60this sign is a T, for the New Testament also, in the Apocalypse, shows the saints as marked with the sign of the Lamb (7:4), 14 and this sign is probably that of the Cross, that is, a T. So if we recall the fact that the Apocalypse is filled with allusions to Baptism, it certainly seems as if this sign of the Lamb refers to the sphragis of the liturgy of initiation. Be this as it may, we see the meaning that was given to the baptismal sphragis along these lines: it marked the character of inviolability of the Christian.
Bible and the Liturgy by Jean Danielou