This nine-volume collection presents the eloquent writings of Anglican monk and priest Dom Gregory Dix. In his lifetime, Dix was many things: liturgical scholar, Anglican Benedictine monk, priest, historian, papalist, and prolific writer. His writing was based on apostolic traditions, early church history, and the works of Justin Martyr, Hippolytus of Rome, and the Syriac Liturgy of Addai and Mari. It flowed from a life of service and study.
Dix was also an ecclesiastical politician and Anglican papalist. He strongly defended the Church of England, while also seeking reunion with the Holy See. These convictions, coupled with an engaging voice and a dedication to historical research, are the backbone of his work. Opening with the magisterial Shape of the Liturgy and supported by shorter elaborations on specific doctrines and historical positions of the church, this collection contains Dix’s most important works in print.
If we let him, this scholarly monk will take us to sacred places no one else can, even into the very primal beginnings of our Christian faith. It is true that he is an academician and is very careful in his analysis of countless documents in various antiquated languages, but his heart is touched with the fire of God, and this lightens the potential heaviness of his topic. In fact, at times he is absolutely inspired, inviting us who persevere with him into hidden places and moments clouded by ancient mists, bringing us before the very altars of the saints who first experienced the holy Eucharist with the Apostles.
—Father John Worgul, Holy Trinity Seminary
The most influential work of Anglican liturgical scholarship in the twentieth century has been The Shape of the Liturgy. . . . Dix’s work had a pivotal influence on all subsequent liturgical revision in the Anglican Communion.
—The Study of Anglicanism
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George Eglinton Alston Dix (named Gregory in religion) (1901–1952) was an English monk and priest of Nashdom Abbey, an Anglican Benedictine community. He was a noted liturgical scholar whose work had particular influence on the reform of Anglican liturgy in the mid-twentieth century.