Originally published under the title, Antient Liturgies, Charles E. Hammond’s Liturgies Eastern and Western set a new standard for handbooks on ancient liturgy. Covering an impressive spectrum of liturgical traditions from Western Europe into the Middle East and Persia, this volume gathers together a number of original Greek and Latin texts and then also translations of Syriac, Coptic, and Armenian liturgies. Each liturgical text receives an analysis and introduction. For those liturgies with Greek originals, allusions and parallels to Scripture are marked with a bold typeface. With plenty of references to Scripture provided throughout, Liturgies Eastern and Western provides a unique window into how ancient Christians used the Biblical text in their public worship.
Liturgies Eastern and Western is divided into two main sections with two glossaries appended to the end. The first consists of the introductory material for all the liturgical texts. This section examines each piece of liturgy in light of its geographical location, internal structure, historical background, and textual basis. The second section consists of the texts, beginning with the Eastern Liturgies, such as the Clementine Liturgy, St. James’ Liturgy, the Liturgy of Constantinople, and the Armenian Liturgy. The Western liturgies conclude the volume, where Hammond helpfully provides the Roman, Ambrosian, Gallican, and Mozarabic liturgies in parallel columns. Liturgies Eastern and Western continues to provide an essential bird’s eye view of the diversity in early Christian worship in an accessible and convenient format for both scholars and students.
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No student of theology, unless he desires to be a specialist in liturgiology, will require more than [Hammond’s] volume. From its pages he can without difficulty gain a very full and accurate conception of the Eucharistic worship of the early Church in its several branches, both orthodox and heretical.
—The Academy and Literature, vol. 14
Charles Edward Hammond was born in Bath, England in 1837. Educated at Exeter College, Oxford, he served as a fellow and tutor from 1859 to 1873 and then as a lecturer until 1882. Hammond was ordained as a priest in 1862 and was a chaplain at the Oxford Female Penitentiary until 1882, when he moved to become the rector of Wooton, Northamptonshire. In 1903, he became the examining chaplain to the bishop of Truro and proctor in convocation for the diocese of Truro. Hammond is the author of Outlines of Textual Criticism applied to the New Testament.