“The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation,” by University of Notre Dame theology professors Paul F. Bradshaw and Maxwell E. Johnson, has recently been published by Liturgical Press of Collegeville, Minn.
The book concerns the historical development of the theology and liturgy of the Church’s most important prayer, from the early Christian communal meals to the diverse Eucharistic liturgies of Eastern and Western Christians. It was conceived by its authors as a companion volume to a similar work on Baptism, “The Rites of Christian Initiation,” which Johnson wrote five years ago and which has become a standard text in graduate theology programs.
“We’ve tried to demonstrate the ongoing importance of historical-liturgical scholarship in coming to understand the centrality of the Eucharistic Liturgy in Christian life and faith,” said Johnson. “The liturgist Rev. Robert Taft, S.J., has often noted that ‘those ignorant of history are subject to the latest cliché.’ With liturgical changes taking place so rapidly in our own day, being firmly rooted in history remains of the utmost importance.”