Fr. Devin Roza’s Symbols and Types of the Sacraments is an index to the tradition of typological interpretation of the Bible. It unveils the parallels between the signs and events of the Scriptures and the Sacraments of the Church, as represented in the New Testament as well as the liturgy and teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Early Church read the Scriptures with the conviction that (in the words of St. Augustine), “The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.” Drawing inspiration from how both the Apostles and Christ himself read the Old Covenant as referring to the New (cf. Luke 24:27, 1 Peter 3:20–21, 1 Corinthians 10:1–5), the Church found the Old Testament to be rich with figures, or “types,” that foreshadowed both the mysteries of the life of Christ and the mysteries, or Sacraments, of the New Covenant. This tradition of interpretation was integral to the development Christian doctrine, and manifested itself in the life of the Church most fully in the Sacred Liturgy.
Symbols and Types of the Sacraments makes this tradition accessible, providing scriptural background for the primary types and symbols for each of the Sacraments, and a thorough index of references to the places these parallels and symbols are drawn or explained within the Scriptures, the liturgy (including the Patristic readings of the Liturgy of the Hours), and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
References to the Scriptures, the Catechism, and other works in your library are hyperlinked and searchable, so you can easily explore the sources with a click and search for all the typological interpretations of a particular verse.
- Links the liturgy and sacraments of the Catholic Church to their scriptural and patristic sources
- Provides important parallels between the New and Old Testaments’ symbols and their contemporary traditions
- Title: Symbols and Types of the Sacraments: An Index of the Bible, the Catechism, and the Liturgy
- Author: Devin Roza
- Publisher: Verbum
- Publication Date: 2013
- Pages: 258
About Devin Roza
Father Devin Roza is currently finishing a graduate degree in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Previously, he was professor of New Testament Greek and patristic Latin at the Legionaries of Christ College of Humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut. He graduated Summa cum Laude and class valedictorian from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, with undergraduate degrees in theology and philosophy and a graduate degree in philosophy.