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Book of Blessings.  ICEL trans of De Benedictionibus.  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1989. Paperbackedition of all the liturgical blessings of the Church for people, places, and objects (sacramentals).Contains official texts, commentary, and suggestions for celebration.832pp.Available also from USCC & clothbound from Catholic Book Publishing Co.A smaller, shorter edition is available from the Catholic Book Publishing Company and is entitled Shorter Book of Blessings (576pp.!).It contains only the blessings done outside of Mass, so is ideal for Christian lay people to have at home.To compare with blessings of the Roman Ritual prior to 1962, see Practical Handbook of Rites: Blessings and Prayers, ed. Msgr. Richard T. Doherty (St. Paul: North Central Publishing Co, 1961) BQT 4273 P7 and BQT 4460 C2

Bouley, Allan, ed.  Catholic Rites Today.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.  1 volume abridged version of the texts for the most important celebrations Roman Riteincluding the Eucharist and all the sacraments.No commentary but General Instruction of the Roman Missal & other introductions included.Affordably priced.

Bouyer, Louis.  The Liturgy Revived: A Doctrinal Commentary on the Conciliar Constitution on the Liturgy.  Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1964.  BX 830 A45C62 1945.107pp. opt.

Canon Law Society of America.  The Code of Canon Law: Text and Commentary.  Ed. by James A. Coriden et al.  NY: Paulist, 1985.  Book IV is on sacraments & liturgy. Braniff Reference KBG .C62 1985.

Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Libreria Editrice Vaticana.  Boston: Pauline, 1994.  Part Two, “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery,” is on liturgy & sacraments.BX1959.3.E5 C38.

Flannery, Austin, ed.  Vatican Council II: Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents.  The Vatican Collection, vol. 1.  Revised ed.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.  Besides Sacrosanctum Concilium, this volume contains a number of post-conciliar documents on the revision of all the liturgical rites of the Western Church as mandated by the Council including the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

Flannery, Austin, ed.  Vatican Council II: More Post-Conciliar Documents.  The Vatican Col­lection, vol. 2.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1982.  Contains post-concil­iar documents on the new rites of Penance, Baptism, and the Anointing of the Sick as well as on the worship of the Eucharist.Blakely Reference BQX1134 .F6.

Guide to Christian Prayer.  NY: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1997.  Published annually, this tells you what feast to celebrate on what date and which week in the 4-week psalter cycle you should be on for any given date.Only costs $1.50.Takes the guesswork out of the office.Isbn 089942-413-9.

International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), ed.  Documents on the Liturgy, 1963-1979: Conciliar, Papal, and Curial Texts.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1982. 554docu­mentsfrom Vatican II to 1979, the most complete collection available.library.Braniff Ref. BX 1970 .A56 1982

ICEL, ed.  Rites of the Catholic Church.  Vol. 1.  3rd ed.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, [Pueblo].  Complete study ed. containing all the approved texts and rubrics for: RCIA, Baptism of Children, Reception of Baptized Christian, Confirmation, Penance, Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist outside Mass, Marriage, Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, and the Order of Christian Funerals.BQT 4441.2 R62.

ICEL, ed.  Rites of the Catholic Church.  Vol. 2.  2nd ed.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, [Pueblo]. Contains all the approved texts and rubrics for the following: Institutions of Readers and Acolytes; Ordination of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops; Rite of Religious Profession; Blessing of Abbots and Abbesses; Consecrating to a Life of Virginity; Rite of Commissioning Special Ministers of Holy Communion; Dedication of a Church and Altar, Rite of the Blessing of Oils, the Rite of Consecrating the Chrism, Crowing of statue of BV Mary.

ICEL, ed.Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Study ed.  Washington: US Catholic Conference, 1988.  BQT 4441.2 R62.

ICEL, ed.  Eucharistic Prayer for Masses for Various Needs and Occasions.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, [Pueblo] 1995.  Contains most recently approved eucharistic prayers.

The Roman Missal.  English translations by ICEL.  Collins-Goodliffe Neale, 1974. Contains offi­cial prayer texts for Mass of the Roman Rite plus rubrics.“The General Instruction of the Roman Missal” & “General Norms for the Liturgical Year” in the front matter (pp. xiii-xcvi) are very important.Blakley Ref BQT 4291 C2 1974.

Simcoe, Mary Anne, ed.  The Liturgy Documents: A Parish Resource.  2nd ed.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1985.  320pp. with index.A collection of several Roman and US Bishops=commission on the liturgy documents.Incomplete but affordable.

US Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy.  Music in Catholic Worship.  Washington, DC: US Catholic Conference, 1972.  A brief document that every person involved in liturgical planning should read.BQT 4541 C25 1983.

Weller, Philip T., ed.  The Roman Ritual In Latin and English.  Milwaukee: Bruce, 1952.  3 vols.  Contains the texts of sacraments and sacramentals prior to the post-Vatican II liturgical reforms.BQT 4434.3 E503.


B. General Reference Works

Akin, James.   Mass Confusion: The Do’s and Don’ts of Catholic Worship. 2nded.San Diego: Catholic Answers, 1999.

Barauna, William, ed.  The Liturgy of Vatican II.  2 vols.  Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1966.  Essays by Vatican IIliturgy periti and others.Some topics covered: the idea of active participa­tion, the fundamental ideas ofthe Council=s Liturgy Constitution, the priesthood of the Baptized, etc.BQV 12 1962 .C6 IL..

Collins, John F.  A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin.  Washington, DC: Catholic University Press, 1985.  For those of you who want to bone up on your Latin.PA 2823 C55 1985.

Child, Heather and Dorothy Colles.  Christian Symbols: Ancient & Modern.  NY: Charles Scribners Sons, 1971.  Lots of black & white photos & illustrations.270 pp.Braniff Ref. BQT 5824 C53 1971

Crichton, J. D.  Christian Celebration: Understanding the Mass; Christian Celebration: Under­standing the Sacraments; Christian Celebration: Understanding the Prayer of the Church.  London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1981.  3 books reprinted and bound together, each having its own index.

Cross, F. J. and E. A. Livingstone, eds.  The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church,  2d ed.  Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1974.  The best single-volume general reference work I know on sacra­ments & liturgy as well as church history and theology. The abridged paperback version, entitled The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, is much cheaper, but the unabridged version is better.Braniff Ref.BR 95 .O8 1983.

D’Ambrosio, Marcellino G.  Exploring the Catholic Church. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant, 2001. This is a popular work that explains the reason for ritual of Catholic worship as well as a description of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist and their role in everyday life.

Davies, J.G, ed.  The Westminster Dictionary of Worship.  Philadelphia: Westminster, 1979.  2 copies, one in Blakley one in Braniff Ref. BQT 4009 D28 1979.

Ferguson, George.  Signs & Symbols in Christian Art.  NY: Oxford Univ., 1961. 0-19-501432-4. N7830 .F35 (3 copies); Blakely and Braniff Ref. N7830 .F35.

Fink, Peter, ed.  The New Dictionary of Sacramental Worship.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1990.  Braniff Ref, BV 173 .N485 1990.

Lang, Jovian P., OFM.  Dictionary of the Liturgy.  New York: Catholic Book Pub­lish­ing Co., 1988.  Blakley Reference BQT 4009 L26D5 1989.library.

*New Catholic Encyclopedia.  New York: McGraw Hill, 1967 (supplementary volumes by dif­ferent publishers, various dates).  Assembled by scholars from The Catholic University of America in Wash­ing­ton, this is the best starting point on just about everything eccle­si­astical: sacraments, Church history, biography, theology, Catholic trivia, etc.!You can find it in the reference sections of many public libraries and state college libraries.Braniff Ref. BQT6 .C385.

O’Carroll, Michael.  Corpus Christi: An Encyclopedia of the Eucharist.  Liturgical Press. Blakley Ref. BQT 1236.2 O2C6.

Nichols, Aidan.  The Service of Glory: The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Worship, Ethics, Spirituality.  Edinburgh & Washington: T & T Clark, 1997.

Martimort, A.G., ed.  The Church at Prayer.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.  Traces the development of Catholic worship from origins to the present in a series of articles by some of the greatest living liturgical scholars.BQT1305 .M3; BQT 4144.M3.

Podhradsky, Gerhard.  New Dictionary of the Liturgy.  Preface by Josef Jungmann, translated by Lancelot Sheppard.  New York: Alba House, 1966.  203pp. with bibliog­raphy.Very helpful.Blakley Ref. BQT 4009 P61.

Vaux, Roland de, O.P.  Ancient Israel: Its Life and Institutions.  2 vols.  NY: McGraw-Hill, 1965.  Vol 2 explains all the religious institutions of the Old Covenant: sacraments, prayer, sacrifices, the Temple, etc.This is all invaluable background material for the understanding of the Christian liturgical year and sacraments.DS112 .V2.

West, Edward N.  Outward Signs: The Language of Christian Symbolism.  New York: Walker, 1989.  Delightful and enjoyable with many black & white illustrations.Has an excellent glossary in the back.Blakley Ref BQT 5824, W409 1989.


C. Ancient Primary Sources: A Few Highlights

Ambrose of Milan, Saint.  The Mysteries and The Sacraments.  The Fathers of the Church 44.  Washington, DC: Catholic Univ., 1963.  BQ 314 .F34 v.44.

Cyril of Jerusalem, Saint.  On the Christian Sacraments. Ed. By F.L. Cross.  Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir=s Seminary Press. Includes both the Procatechesis and the five Mystagogical Catecheses.Entire texts in original Greek with English on facing pages.Full text of English translation also provided in Fathers of the Church vo.64 (BR 60 .F3 v. 64).Excerpts reprinted in Lucien Deiss, Springtime of the Liturgy (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1979), 269-289 (BV 185 .D413 1979).

Egeria.  Diary of a Pilgrimage.  Trans. George E. Gingras.  Ancient Christian Writers, 38. NY: Newman, 1970.  BR 60 A35, v.38.

Hamman, Adalbert G., ed.  Baptism: Ancient Liturgies and Patristic Texts.  Alba Patristic Library.  Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1967.  240pp.BQT 1253 .H3.

Hamman, Adalbert G., ed. The Mass: Ancient Liturgies and Patristic Texts.  Alba Patristic Library.  Staten Island: Alba, 1967.  BQT 4156 .H31.256pp

Hamman, Adalbert G., ed.  The Paschal Mystery: Ancient Liturgies & Patristic Texts. Staten Island, NY: Alba, 1969.  BQT 947.2 .H2.

Hippolytus, Saint.  Apostolic Tradition.  In Lucien Deiss, Springtime of the Liturgy(Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1979), 121-154.  BV 185 .D413 1979.Probably the single most important ante-Nicene testimony to the liturgical life of the early Church.

Richardson, Cyril, ed.  Early Christian Fathers.  New York: Collier [Macmillan], 1970. Contains some of the earliest post-biblical evidence of Christian liturgical practices & theology: Didache,First Letter of Clem­ent, the letters of Ignatius, and Justin’s First Apology.BR60 .R5 v.1 (3 copies).

John of Damascus, Saint.  On the Divine Images.  Translated by David Anderson. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir=s Seminary Press.  8thcentury defense oficons in the liturgical life of the Church.$7.95.0-913836-62-1. BQ 7437 O3P7.

Schaff, Philip.  A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1956 [orig. NY: Charles Scribners Sons, 1923].No series of the Fathers of the Church in translation is complete, but this covers lots of ground.The entire thing is availableat (1stseries): Blakely Reference BR60 .S4 1956; (2ng series): Blakely Ref. BQ354.S2.

Tertullian.  On Baptism.opt.

Theodore the Studite, St.  On the Holy Icons.  Trans. Catharine Roth.  Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir=s Seminary Press.  One of the definitive patristic works defending icons on the grounds of the incarnation and its implications.$7.95.0-913836-76-1.


D. Fundamental & General Theology of Symbol, Ritual & Sacrament

Auer, Johann.  A General Doctrine of the Sacraments and the Mystery of the Eucharist.

Wash­ington: Catholic University, 1996.  BX 2200 .A7213 1995.

Bouyer, Louis.  Rite and Man.  Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1963.BQT4021 .B78.

Bouyer, Louis.  The Word, Church & Sacraments in Protestantism and Catholicism.  New York: Desclée, 1961.  Bouyer is a former Lutheran pastor turned Catholic priest who became one of the centuries greatest liturgical theologians.Here he deals with Protestant objections to Catholic sacramentalism. BQT238 .B6.

Chauvet, Louis-Marie.  Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Experience.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1995.  Complex and highly technical.library; BV 800 .C5213 1995.

Cooke, Bernard.  Sacraments and Sacramentality.  2nd ed.  Twenty-Third Publi­ca­tions, 1994.

Eliade, Mircea.  Images and Symbols.  New York: Sheed and Ward, 1961. BL600 .E413 (2 copies).

Eliade, Mircea.  The Sacred and the Profane.  New York: Harper Torchbook, 1961.  BL48 .E5 1987

Gelpi, Donald L.  Committed Worship: A Sacramental Theology for Converting Christians. 2 vols.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1993.  BX 2203 .G45 1993.

Hildebrand, Dietrich von.  Liturgy and Personality: The Healing Power of Formal Prayer. Manchester, NH: Sophia, 1943.120p.Teaches how the liturgy forms in you the attitudes you need to be happy and holy: reverence, wakefulness, etc. BQT4047 .V94.

Howard, Thomas.  Chance or the Dance: A Critique of Modern Secularism.  San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988.  Describes how human culture isinescapably dependent on symbol and ritual.BL 2747.8 H67.

Howard, Thomas.  Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1984.  Author tells of his own journey from evangelical to liturgical Christianity describing the liturgy with the freshness of someone discovering it for the first time.BV 15 .H72 1984.

O’Neill, Colman, E.  Meeting Christ in the Sacraments.  Staten Island, NY.  Has the drawbackof having been written before the conclusion of Vatican II, but still good.BQT 1236 O6.

Otto, Rudolf.  The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry into the Non-rational.  Trans. John W. Harvey.  London: Oxford Univ., 1975.  Classic work on the phenomenology of religious experience first published in 1923. BL41 .08 (2c) and BL48 .082 (2c).

Pieper, Joseph.  In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity.  Trans. Richard and Clara Winston.  Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1973.  GT 3930 .P433.

Power, David.  Unsearchable Riches: The Symbolic Nature of Liturgy.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [Pueblo].  BX1970 .P66 1990.

Rahner, Karl.  The Church and the Sacraments.  NY: Herder and Herder, 1963.  BQT 1236 R14.

Rahner, Karl.  AThe Theology of the Symbol.@ In Theological Investigations, vol. 4, 221-252.  Baltimore: Helicon, 1966.  BQT 508 R2 v.4

Schanz, John P.  Introduction to the Sacraments.  NY: Pueblo, 1983.  BX 2200 .S32 1983.199pp.

Vorgrimler, Herbert.  Sacramental Theology.  Trans. Linda M. Maloney.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.  BX 2200 V 63 1992.


E. Introduction to Liturgical Theology, History And Piety

Adam, Adolf.  Foundations of Liturgy: An Introduction to Its History and Practice. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [Pueblo], 1992.  392 pp.BV 176 .A3213 1992.

Beauduin, L.  Liturgy, the Life of the Church.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1929. opt.

Bouyer, Louis.  Liturgical Piety.  Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1957. BQT 4034 .B78 .

Bradshaw, Paul F.  The Search For the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy.  Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame, 1992.  BQT 4026 B7354 1992.

Brasso, Abbot Gabriel M., OSB.  Liturgy and Spirituality.  2nd ed.  Translated by Leonard J. Doyle.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1971.  BQT 4034 B8 1971.

Bugnini, Annibale.  The Reform of the Liturgy, 1948-1975.  Collegeville: Liturgical, 1990. 974 pp.BX 1970 .B77 1990.

Casel, Odo, OSB.  The Mystery of Christian Worship.  Westminster, MD: Newman, 1962. A classic by one of the fathers of the modern liturgical movement.BQ 7409 .A8m.

Corbon, Jean.  The Wellspring of Worship.  NY: Paulist.  Presents the theology of liturgy found in the Scriptures and in Greek and Syriac Fathers.

Daniélou, Jean.  The Bible and the Liturgy.  Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1956.  Fantastically rich study of the way early church baptismal & eucharistic liturgies were shaped by typological interpretation of Old Testament in light of Christ and the realities of the new covenant. BQT4021 .D2 (2c).

Davies, Michael.  Pope John=s Council.Vol 2: Liturgical Revolution.  Dickinson, TX: Angelus Press, 1977.  A critique of the liturgical changes introduced by Vatican II.Dedicated to Marcel Lefebvre, this book is repre­sen­ta­tive of what is commonly called the “traditionalist” position.Though I take exception to this point of view, it is important to know what its chief arguments are. BX830 1962 .D35 1977.

Diekmann, Godfrey, OSB.  Come, Let Us Worship.  New York: Doubleday, 1966.  By one of the American liturgists who served as a peritus at the Second Vatican Council. BQT 4131 D4 1966.

Gambler, Klaus.  The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: Its Problems and Background. Harrison, NY: Foundation for Catholic Reform, 1993.198 pp.BX 2230.2 .G3513 1993.

Guardini, Romano.  The Spirit of the Liturgy.  New York: Sheed and Ward, 1930. BQT302 .G76.

Guardini, Romano.  Sacred Signs.  New York: Sheed and Ward, 1931. opt.

Joncas, From Sacred Song to Ritual Music: Twentieth-Century Understandings of Roman Catholic Worship Music.  Collegeville: Liturgical, 1997.  123pp.0-8146-2352-2. ML3007.J66 1997.

Jones, Cheslyn, Geoffrey Wainwright and Edward Yarnold, eds.  The Study of Liturgy.  NY: Oxford, 1978.  Extensive anthology covering all areas of liturgy and sacraments.547pp, index, bibliographies by subject. BV176 .S76 1992; BQT 4034 S76 1980.

Jungmann, Josef A.  Pastoral Liturgy.  NY: Herder and Herder, 1962.  430pp.BQT 4016 .J95.

Lesage, Robert.  Vestments and Church Furniture.  Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Cathol­icism, 114.  NY: Hawthorn, 1960.  Valuable though outdated in some respects.BX 1970 L4183.

Rahner, Karl.  APersonal and Sacramental Piety.@ In Theological Investigations, vol. 2, 109-134.  Baltimore: Helicon, 1963. BQT 508 R2.

Ratzinger, Joseph.  Feast of Faith: Approaches to a Theology of the Liturgy.  San Francisco: Ignatius, 1986.  A collection of essays. BQT 4034 R3 1986.

Rouet, Albert.  Liturgy and the Arts.  Collegeville: Liturgical, 1997.  192pp.0-8146-2393X.

Schmemann, Alexander.  Introduction to Liturgical Theology.  2nd ed.  Trans. by Asheleigh E. Moorhouse.  NY: St. Vladimir Seminary Press, 1966.  By one of this century=s foremost Russian Orthodox scholars.0-913836-18-4.$11.95.BQT4141 .S35

Schmemann, Alexander.  Liturgy and Tradition.  Thomas Fisch, ed.  Crestwood, NY:  St. Vladimir=s Seminary Press.  Stresses the liturgy as aneschatologicaland ecclesial event.0-88141-082-9.$8.95.

Vagaggini, Cipriano, OSB.  Theological Dimensions of the Liturgy.  Trans. J. Doyle and W. A. Jurgens.  Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1976.  Excellent.By a Vatican II peritus. BQT 4034.V2.

White, James F.  Roman Catholic Worship: Trent to Today.  NY: Paulist, 1995.  174 pp.BX 1970 430 F08A6.


F. Eastern Liturgies

Beggiani, Seely.  The Divine Liturgy of the Maronite Church: History and Commentary. Rev. ed.  Staten Island, NY: St. Maron Publications.  Describes origins of the Syro-Maronite liturgical traditions, church architecture, the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and liturgical spirituality.Pb, 102pp. opt.

Dalmais, I.H.  The Eastern Liturgies.  Twentieth-Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism. New York: Hawthorn, 1960. BX106 .D313.

Day, Peter D.  The Liturgical Dictionary of Eastern Christianity.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993.  334 pp.Blakley Ref. BX 106.2 .D38 1993.

King, A.A.  The Rites of Eastern Christendom.  2 vols.  Rome: Catholic Book Agency, 1947-48.  London: Burns and Oats, 1950.  BQT5006 .K4.

Liesel, Nikolaus.  The Eucharistic Liturgies of the Eastern Churches.  Popular Liturgical Library Series.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1963.  BQT 5007 L513.310p.Illus.

Roccasalvo, Joan L.  The Eastern Catholic Churches: An Introduction to Their Worship and Spirituality.  American Essays in Liturgy.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.  BX 4710.33 .R83 1992.

Schulz, Hans-Joachim.  The Byzantine Liturgy: Symbolic Structure and Faith Expression. NY: Pueblo, 1986.  BQX 5816 .S38 1986.284 pp.

Taft, Robert F., SJ.  Beyond East & West: Problems in Liturgical Understanding. Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1984. opt.

Taft, Robert F.  The Byzantine Rite: A Short History.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.  Concentrates on the period between 527 and 843.Only 84pp., but detailed scholarship.BX4711.12 .T34 1992.

Taft, Robert F.  Eastern-Rite Catholicism: its Heritage and Vocation.  Glen Rock: Paulist, 1963. opt.

Wegman, Herman.  Christian Worship in East and West: A Study Guide to Liturgical History.  Trans. Gordon W. Lathrop.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [Pueblo], 1993.  BV 176 .W4313 1993.


G. Sunday and the Liturgical Year

Adam, Adolf.  The Liturgical Year: Its History and Its Meaning after the Reform of the Liturgy.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [Pueblo], 1981.  BV 30, .A313.

Bouyer, Louis.  The Paschal Mystery: Meditations on the Liturgy of the Last Three Days of Holy Week.  London: Burns, Oates, 1951.  347 pp.Written before the revision of the Holy Week liturgy after Vatican II, but still helpful.

Cantalamessa, Raniero.  Easter in the Early Church: An Anthology of Jewish and Early Christian Texts.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.  BV55 .P2713 1993.

Hamman, Adalbert.  The Paschal Mystery: Ancient Liturgies & Patristic Texts.  Staten Island, NY: Alba, 1969.  BQT 947.2 .H2.

Halton, Thomas and Thomas K. Carroll, eds.  The Making of the Liturgical Year.  Message of the Fathers of the Church, 21.  Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier.  Anthology of patristic texts.Opt.

Nardone, Richard M.  The Story of the Christian Year.  NY: Paulist.  Traces the history of the liturgical year from the beginning until just before Vatican II. BV30 .N37 1991.

National Council of Catholic Bishops, Committee on the Liturgy.  The Liturgical Year: Celebrat­ing the Mystery of Christ and his Saints.  Washington, DC: USCC, 1985.  98pp.BQT 4199 C35.

Newland, Mary Reed.  The Year and Our Children: Planning Family Activities for Christian Feasts and Seasons.San Diego: Firefly Press, 1956.  Notcurrent, butuseful nonetheless.GT4900.N3.

Nocent, Adrian, OSB.  The Liturgical Year.  4 vols.  Trans. Matthew J. O’Connell. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.  One of the best works available: detailed analysis of feasts and seasons.

Rahner, Karl.  The Eternal Year.  Baltimore: Helicon, 1964.  BQT 4199 .R14E.

Talley, Thomas J.  The Origins of the Liturgical Year.  2nd ed.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [Pueblo], 1991.  255pp.BV 30 .T35 1991.

Thurston, Herbert J. and Donald Attwater, eds.  Butler=s Lives of the Saints.  Complete revised edition.  Westminster, MD: Christian Classics, 1956.  Lives of both prominent and obscure Saints of the Latin Church arranged according to the liturgical year.Very worthwhile.This edition follows the calendar as it was prior to the liturgical reforms of Vatican II.A new edition is currently in process. Braniff Ref. BQX 8215 .B98 1956b.

Whalen, Michael D.  Seasons and Feasts of the Church Year.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1993.180 pp.Historical development, theological meaning, & pastoral issues. BQT 4092 W48 S4 1993.


H. Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation

Beasley-Murray, G. R.  Baptism in the New Testament.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962. By a Baptist scholar who confessionally denies the validity of infant baptism.Yet carefully examines all NT texts touch­­ing on baptism in a very helpful way.Summarizes all important scholars who preceded him.Helpful indices and bibliography.422p.

Bohen, Marian.  The Mystery of Confirmation: A Theology of the Sacrament.  NY: Herder and Herder, 1963.  BQT 1283 .B67.

Burns, J. Patout and Gerald M. Fagin, SJ.  The Holy Spirit.  Vol. 3 in Message of the Fathers of the Church Series.  Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1984.  BQT 587.2 B9.237pp.

Bouyer, Louis.  Christian Initiation.  New York: Macmillan, 1960.  148pp.BQT 246 .B613.

Carew, M. Jane, ed.  Making Disciples: A Comprehensive Catechesis for the RCIA Catechu­me­nate.  Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1997.  0-87973-363-2, 208pp, spiral bound.Drawing from Cat­e­chism of the Catholic Church, provides learning objective, hymn, prayer, scripture, teaching, focus questions, and other resources for each RCIA session.Topics include Trinity, Creation, Sin, the Incarnation, Jesus=ministry, Redemp­tion, the Holy Spirit, Mary, Sacraments, and the Ten Commandments.

Cullmann, Oscar.  Baptism in the New Testament.  London, 1950.  BQT 1255 .C8.

Davis, Charles.  The Sacraments of Initiation.  New York: Sheed and Ward, 1964. BQT1262 .D2.

Dix, Gregory, OSB.  The Theology of Confirmation in Relation to Baptism.  London: Dacre Press, 1946. opt.

Farrell, Walter and Dominic Hughes, O.P.  Swift Victory: Essays on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  New York: Sheed and Ward, 1955.  BQT 1217 .F2

Finn, Thomas M.  Early Christian Baptism and the Catechumenate: Italy, North Africa, and Egypt.  Message of the Fathers of the Church.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1992.  218 pp.BV 803 .F54 1992.

Finn, Thomas M.  Early Christian Baptism and the Catechumenate: West and East Syria. Mes­sage of the Fathers of the Church.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1992.  218 pp.BQT 1256 .F5 S9 1992.

Gardeil,  Ambrose, O.P.  The Holy Spirit in Christian Life.  Trans. By Mark C. Verschure. St. Louis, MO: Herder, 1954.  BQT 2655 G35.A retreat given by this important theologian on the topic of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.His more scholarly presentation of the topic can be read in the FrenchDictionaire de theologie catholique.

Hamman, Adalbert.  Baptism: Ancient Liturgies and Patristic Texts.  Alba Patristic Library. Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1967.  240pp.BQT 1253 .H3.

Harmless, William.  Augustine and the Catechumenate.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1995. 406 pp.BR 195 .C38 H37 1995.

Jeremias, Joachim.  Infant Baptism in the First Four Centuries.  Trans. D. Cairns. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1962. opt.Blakley library at UD has it.Makes clear beyond doubt that infant baptism was a universal and unquestioned practice in the early church that was believed to have been passed down from the apostles.

Kavanaugh, Aidan.  The Shape of Baptism: The Rite of Christian Initiation.  New York: Pueblo, 1978.

Lampe, G.  The Seal of the Spirit.  London: Longmans, 1951. opt.

Milner, Austin P.  Theology of Confirmation.  Notre Dame: Fides, 1972.  127pp.BQT 4.4 .T5 no.26.

McDonnell, Kilian.  The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan: The Trinitarian and Cosmic Order of Sal­­va­tion.  Collegeville: Liturgical, 1996. Shows the Jordan event as the dominant paradigm of Christian Baptism in the earliest centuries.Examines every aspect of this rich theme.264 p.BT 350 M33 1996.

McDonnell, Kilian and George Montague.  Christian Initiation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Evidence from the First Eight Centuries.  2nd ed.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [orig ed 1991].  BT 123 .M45 1994.

Neunheuser, B., OSB.  Baptism and Confirmation.  The Herder   History of Dogma.  NY: Her­der and Herder, 1964.  BQT 1262 .N4 E.251pp.

O=Connell, Patrick, SJ, ed. Baptism and Confirmation.  Message of the Fathers of the Church, 6.  Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier.  Anthology of patristic texts on the subject.opt.

Schmemann, Alexander.  On Water and the Spirit: A Liturgical Study of Baptism. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir=s Seminary Press.  The Orthodox understanding of Christian Initiation. opt.

Schnackenburg, Rudolf.  Baptism in the Thought of St. Paul.  NY: Herder and Herder, 1964.  228pp.BQT 1255 .P3 S3E.

Turner, Paul.  Sources of Confirmation: From the Fathers through the Reformers. Collegeville: Liturgical, 1993.  An anthology of primary sources texts on confirmation from the fathers through the 16th century.

Yarnold, Edward.  The Awe-Inspiring Rites of Initiation: The Origins of the RCIA.. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1994.  266 pp.BV 812 .Y37 1994.


I. The Eucharist: Its Jewish and Biblical Background

Bouyer, Louis.  Eucharist: Theology and Spirituality of the Eucharistic Prayer.  Trans. Charles U. Quinn.  Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1968.  Emphasizes the roots of the eucharistic prayer in the Jewish prayer of blessing at Passover and Sabbath meals.Very rich.484 pp.BQT 1305 .B6E.

Childs, Brevard S.  Memory and Tradition in Israel.  Studies in Biblical Theology. Naperville, IL: Allenson, 1962.  92p.Crucial Old Testament background for the idea of anamnesis or sacramental remem­brance. BS 1199 .M4 C5.

Cullmann, Oscar.  Early Christian Worship.  London, 1953.  By one of the century’s most renowned Protestant Scripture scholars.BQT 4026 .C82.

Di Sante, Carmine.  Jewish Prayer: The Origins of Christian Liturgy.  Paulist.

Fisher, Eugene J., ed.   The Jewish Roots of Christian Liturgy.  NY: Paulist, 1990. Collection of articles.202 pp.BM 670 C 48 F5 1990.

Guthrie, Harvey H.  Theology as Thanksgiving: From Israel’s Psalms to the Church’s Eucharist.  New York: Seabury Press, 1981.  Points out the uniqueness of the prayer of thanksgiving as found in the Old Testament and how this serves as the basis for the Eucharist. BQT1793 .G8.

Jeremias, Joachim.  The Eucharistic Words of Jesus.  Trans. Norman Perrin from the 3rd German ed. of 1960.  Philadelphia: Fortress, 1977.  A classic study of the New Testament institution texts by one of the centuries foremost Protestant exegetes. BS2555.2 .J4.

Marshall, I. Howard.  Last Supper and Lord’s Supper.  Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdmans, 1980.  A prominent Methodist biblical scholar explains the meaning of key NT passages regarding Last Supper & Christian Eucharists emphasizing the centrality of the eucharist in the life of the New Testament churches.BQT 916 M37 1981.


J. Eucharistic Liturgy & Devotion:Historical Evolution & Texts

Brilioth, Yngve.  Eucharistic Faith and Practice: Evangelical and Catholic.  Trans. A.G. Hebert.  London: SPCK, 1961.  Call from a Lutheran archbishop-scholar for all Christians to rediscover centrality of the Eucharist.Exposition of eucharistic teaching of different confessions: Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed. opt.

Couratin, A.H.  “Liturgy.”  Pelican Guide to Modern Theology, vol 2: His­tor­i­cal Theol­ogy, pp. 131-242.  Baltimore: Penguin, 1969.  Origin & history of eucharistic and baptismal liturgies. BR67 .D33.

Deiss, Lucien.  Springtime of the Liturgy.  College­ville: Liturgical Press, 1979.  Handy collection of patristic texts on liturgy: Didache, Justin, Hippolytus, etc. BQT4005 .D4.

Dix, Dom Gregory, OSB.  The Shape of the Liturgy.  London: Dacre, 1945.  Extensive (764pp!) history of the liturgy.BQT 4123 D5 1982.

Groeschel, Benedict J. and James Monti.  In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion.  Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1997.  0-8793-920-7, 336pp.How the reserved sacrament has been worshiped over the centuries with special documentation on the key role played by St. Francis of Assisi and the early Franciscans in the development of this devotion. BX2233 .G76 1997.

Hamman, A.-G.The Mass: Ancient Liturgies and Patristic Texts.  Alba Patristic Library. Staten Island: Alba, 1967.  BQT 4156 .H31.256pp.

Jasper, R.C.D. and G.J. Cuming, eds.  Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed.  3rd ed.  Collegeville, MN.   Anthology of Eucharistic prayers from the 1st through 17th centuriesBQT4447 .P73.

Jungmann, Josef.  The Early Liturgy: To the Time of Gregory the Great.  Trans. Francis Brunner.  Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1959.  Deals not only with the Eucharist, but baptism, penance, liturgical year, daily devotions, of early Christians.BQT 4125 .J95

Jungmann, Josef.  The Mass of the Roman Rite: Its Origins and Development (Mis­sa­rum Solem­nia) translated by F. A. Brunner.  2 vols.  New York, 1951 & 1955.  The definitive historical work on the history of the Roman Mass.Very detailed. BQT1318 .J9.

Kilmartin, E.J.  The Eucharist in the Primitive Church.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1965. BQT1305 .K48.

King, Archdale A.  Eucharistic Reservation in the Western Church.  London: Mowbray, 1966. BX2233.6 .K5.Opt.

King, Archdale A.  Liturgies of Religious Orders.     London & NY: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1957.   opt.

King, Archdale A.  Liturgies of Primatial Sees.Rites of Western Christendom, vol 3.  London & NY: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1957.  Discusses the non-Roman Western rites of Lyons, Braga, Milan and Toledo.Opt.656pp.

King, Archdale A.  Liturgies of the Past.  Milwaukee: Bruce, 1959. opt.

Klauser, Theodor.  A Short History of the Western Liturgy: An Account and Some Reflections.  NY: Rans. J. Halliburton, 1969.  Provides a history of the Mass in the context of its historical & cultural back­ground.Contains an especially good bibliography. 236p. BQT 4123 .K57.

Mazza, Enrico.  The Eucharistic Prayers of the Roman Rite.  NY: Pueblo, 1986.  BX 2015.6 .M3913 1986 376pp.Index.Now distributed by Liturgical Press..

Quasten, Johannes.  Music and Worship in Pagan & Christian Antiquity.  Trans. Boni­face Ram­sey.  Washington, DC: National Association of Pastoral Musicians, 1983.  Fasci­nating re-creation of early attitudes towards music and singing in Christian worship.

Rordorf, Willy et al.  The Eucharist of the Early Christians.


This annotated bibliography is offered as a list of resources that may be of interest. The inclusion of a book on this list does not necessarily imply that I know it or endorse it.  Call numbers listed are those of the University of Dallas Library. If your library does not have a book you want, try to obtain it through inter-library loan.  For out-of-print titles (abbreviated opt), try Loom’s Theological Booksellers (612-430-1092), Preserving Christian Publications (315-942-6338), or  Many patristic writings and church documents can be viewed or downloaded free from a variety of web sites including my website at and Marcellino D’Ambrosio

Robert Francis Taft, S.J. (born January 9, 1932) is an AmericanJesuit priest and Archimandrite of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, one of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Holy See of Rome; He is an expert in Oriental liturgy and a professor emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, of which he was the Vice-rector between 1995 and 2001.


Taft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, into the Taft family notable for their contribution to American politics. Taft entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus on 14 August 1949.[1] He did his initial spiritual and academic training in philosophy at the former Weston College in Weston, Massachusetts. During his period of regency that followed, he taught for three years at Baghdad Jesuit College. He returned to the United States in 1959 and pursued a graduate degree in Russian at Fordham University. He was ordained a priest of the Byzantine Rite on June 7, 1963.

Developing an interest in Eastern liturgical traditions and, with his background in Russian, Taft undertook studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute of Rome in 1970. He completed his doctoral thesis under Jesuit Professor Juan Mateos on the Great Entrance of the Divine Liturgy in 1975. The work was published as The Great Entrance and immediately hailed[by whom?] as a classic in the field.

A professor at the Oriental institute of Rome from 1975 to 2011, Taft guided innumerable doctoral theses. His expertise gained him recognition from the many Eastern churches and rites, including the Ukrainian and Armenian Catholic Churches in Europe, the Chaldean Catholic Church in the Middle East and the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Catholic Churches in India. From 1972 to 1976, he was director of the specialized journal Orientalia Christian Periodica and from 1987 to 2004 was editor of the collection Orientalia Christiana Analecta. Consultor of several ecclesiastical dicasteries and the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches, he is the founder of the Societas Orientalium Liturgiarum.

Taft is an outspoken observer. He has called "the height of asininity" the argument that the use of Latin in the Tridentine Mass is an approach to mystery better than the use of the vernacular language in the modern Mass.[2] He is a supporter of the synodal form of church administration, followed by the Eastern Orthodox Churches, for the entire Catholic Church.[3] When the issue of possible full communion with the Assyrian Church of the East was being considered, a problem arose regarding their liturgy's lacking the exact formulation of the words of consecration considered essential by the Catholic Church. Working with Taft's analysis of the situation, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity issued a decree in 2001 which now allows members of both churches to receive communion from one another's clergy in case of emergency.[1]

In 2011 Taft left Rome, and the library desk at the Oriental Institute which he occupied for 46 years. He currently lives in Campion Hall, in Weston, the site of his college studies, now the retirement facility of the New England Jesuit Province.[2]


Among the many honors and awards he has received, Taft was twice a senior research fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (1996–1998; 1999–2001); in his second fellowship he was Chair of Dumbarton Oaks. In 2001, Taft was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, the highest honor the Academy confers on non-British academics in recognition of scholarly distinction. Five other Jesuits have held this distinction; Taft is the only American Jesuit thus far to have been so honored.

In 1998, Taft was elevated to the rank of mitered archimandrite by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, granting him the use of a miter and crosier.[1]

In 2013, Taft was honored by his students with a celebration of the 50th year of his ordination, and was presented with a book that enumerated his over-800 publications.[citation needed]


Taft's numerous publications, particularly on the history of Byzantine Liturgy, can be found in a variety of specialized journals. Among his books noteworthy are the following:

  • The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West, 1986 (received the ‘Best book in Theology’ prize of the American Catholic Press Association).
  • The Byzantine Rite: A Short History, Collegeville 1999 (translated in several languages).
  • A History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (6 vols), Orientalia Christiana Analecta, Rome, 1978–2008.[4]
  • A History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Vol. II, The Great Entrance: A History of the Transfer of Gifts and Other Preanaphoral Rites, 1975 (2nd revised ed., 1978; new material 4th ed., 2004).
  • A History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Vol. III, forthcoming.
  • A History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Vol. IV, The Diptychs, 1991.
  • A History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Vol. V, The Precommunion Rites, 2000.
  • A History of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Vol. VI: The Communion, Thanksgiving, and Concluding Rites, 2008.


  1. ^ abcBole, William. "A Jesuit Bridge-builder in Rome". News of the Society of Jesus in New England. 
  2. ^ abSchnieders, Kaitlyn McCarthy (January 4, 2012). "Of Liturgy and Life: Jesuit Scholar Reflects on his 46 Years in Rome". National Jesuit News. 
  3. ^Allen, John F., Jr. (February 4, 2004). "Interview with Jesuit Fr. Robert Taft of the Pontifical Oriental Institute". National Catholic Reporter. 
  4. ^John E. Klentos, Preface, in Robert F. Taft, S.J. Through Their Own Eyes: Liturgy as the Byzantines Saw It (Berkely, Calif.: InterOrthodox Press, 2006).

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