Bible and the Liturgy by Jean Danielou

By Jean Danielou

Over the last forty years, there was a revival in the Catholic Church spotting the biblical roots of the liturgy. Figures reminiscent of Scott Hahn have led the way in which for Catholics - and non-Catholics - to appreciate the deep Scriptural foundation for many of the liturgies in the Church, in particular the Mass. Fr. Jean Danielou used to be 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 means of Pope Paul VI in 1969, was once an enormous determine within the "resourcement" circulate within the Catholic Church resulting in Vatican II. This stream wanted to "return to the resources" for figuring out all facets of Catholic theology together with the liturgy; the assets they wanted to come to have been essentially the writings of Scripture and the Church Fathers. This ebook, initially written in 1956, is a best suited fruit of this flow, as Fr. Danielou explores the biblical roots of the liturgy as understood via the Church Fathers. The booklet basically 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 e-book fairly shines is in its research of the Sabbath and its successor, the Lord's Day. Fr. Danielou explores a few of the photographs the Fathers used to give an explanation for the move of the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, the "Eighth Day." this is often theology that's frequently forgotten this present day, however it has a truly sensible software in aiding Christians this day to put aside an afternoon for the worship of the Lord.

This is a e-book 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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The analogy of the primordial waters with the waters of Baptism is, then, an aspect, which is fundamentally biblical, of the parallelism between the first and the second creation. Tertullian wishing, in the De Baptismo, to justify the use of water in Baptism from the unbroken witness of the Bible, turned first to the story of Creation in Genesis. In this narrative, the waters have two characteristics which Baptism reproduces: it is the primordial element in which life appears, and it is sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

The underlying idea in all these passages is that Adam, before ____________________ 26 That is the text of the Codex Betae and the main body of tradition in the West. ' -50he was clad in the garment of skin, had been stripped of another garment, since he discovered that he was naked. This idea has been finely stated by Erik Petersen: "Adam and Eve were stripped by the Fall, in such a way that they saw that they were naked. This means that formerly they were clothed. " 27 So the garment of paradise was a figure of the spiritual state in which man was created and which he lost by sin.

These white garments signify at once purity of soul and incorruptibility of body. 25 St. Ambrose brings out the first aspect, and we find it again in St. Cyril: "Now that you have taken off your old garments and been clad in white garments, you must also in spirit remain clothed in white. , III, 4; Botte, 7273). 24 See J. H. Waszink, Tertullian De Anima, p. 420-421. 25 On the symbolism of the white garments, see P. Oppenheim, loc. , pp. 33-43. -49( XXXIII, 1104 B) Theodore of Mopsuestia emphasizes rather the incorruptibility regained by Baptism: "Since you came up from Baptism, you are clad in a vestment that is all radiant.

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