Public worship has evolved into diverse and beautiful traditions across Christendom. This collection brings together three works studying how baptism, the Eucharist, public prayer, church architecture, and other elements of worship have developed over the centuries. Paul Bradshaw’s works take a close look at the first few centuries of Christian worship and investigates the biblical and historical origens of the Eucharist and other sacraments. And Christopher Irvine’s Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art examines how the cross of Christ came to symbolize Christianity and the role it has played in Christian liturgy, art, and church architecture. From the Last Supper to today, these volumes are packed with insight into how Christian liturgy developed.
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The conventional view of scholars has tended to be that the Last Supper, as recorded in the New Testament, was both the source and the pattern for the early Christian Eucharist. Eucharistic Origins argues that, while the eucharistic sayings of Jesus did play an important part in shaping the beliefs of many early Christian communities, the actual forms of their liturgical celebrations were quite varied. Paul Bradshaw goes on to say that the association of the Eucharist with an evening meal continued, at least in some places, much longer than has usually been thought, and the link between the eucharistic prayers found in later sources and the Jewish grace after meals is much more tenuous than previously imagined.
Bradshaw builds closely on the second edition of his book, The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship, and, by means of a step-by-step analysis of the principle sources from the first few centuries, traces what can and cannot be known about the thought and practice of this formative period of Christianity.
Paul Bradshaw is an Anglican churchman and professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and holds a PhD from London University, a DD from Oxford University, and an honorary DD from the General Theological Seminary, New York. Between 1995 and 2008 he served as director of Notre Dame’s London Undergraduate Program, and still teaches there periodically.
In this book, Paul Bradshaw further develops the ideas presented in Eucharistic Origins. Bradshaw focuses on the origins of the Eucharist, baptism and daily prayer. His controversial introductory chapter asks whether Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper.
Paul Bradshaw is an Anglican churchman and professor of iturgy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and holds a PhD from London University, a DD from Oxford University, and an honorary DD from the General Theological Seminary, New York. Between 1995 and 2008 he served as director of Notre Dame’s London Undergraduate Program, and still teaches there periodically.
“The cross is not only the ubiquitous symbol of Christianity,” declares Christopher Irvine in the introduction to this wide-ranging study. Irvine explains how the cross can be read and understood by exploring its place in the architectural setting of Christian worship, in the artwork placed in churches, and in the liturgy. Irvine explains how Christ’s sacrifice is related both to the Eucharist and to the natural world as God’s creation.
The Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art also reveals how art and Christian worship open up a liturgical way of seeing the cross as a sign of life—of God’s intention to make creation anew. It encourages us to see worship as a fitting response to the Christian vision of life flourishing in paradise.
Christopher Irvine is the canon librarian and director of education at Canterbury Cathedral, and was formerly the principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He is a member of the Church of England’s liturgical commission and vice-chair of the Alcuin Club.