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The Shape of the Liturgy, New Edition


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Introduction. The Purpose of this Essay I. The Liturgy and the Eucharistic Action II. The Performance of the Liturgy III. the Classical Shape of the Liturgy - I IV. Eucharist and Lord's Supper V. The Classical Shape of the Liturgy - II VI. The Pre-Nicene Background of the Liturgy VII. The Eucharistic Prayer VIII. Behind the Local Traditions IX. The Meaning of the Eucharist X. The Theology of Consecration XI. The Sanctification of Time XII. The Development of Ceremonial XIII. The Completion of the Shape of the Liturgy XIV. Variable Prayers at the Eucharist XV. The Mediaeval Development XVI. The Reformation and the Anglican Liturgy XVII. 'Throughout All Ages, World Without End' Index

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The definite and authoritative work on the subject of the development of the Eucharist rite.

About the Author

Dom Gregory Dix (1901– 1952) was an English monk and priest of Nashdom Abbey, UK.


Liturgy, for Dom Gregory Dix, is no branch of archaeological study; it is in all its stages and forms the living Body of Christ upon earth. His account of it is alive and absorbing.
*Church Times*

The Shape of the Liturgy changes not only the shape of liturgical study but also profoundly influenced worship itself. Half a century after its publication we are, perhaps, beginning to discover the debt we owe to Dom Gregory Dix.
*Simon Bailey, Biographer*

This 764 page work was first published in 1945 and has had seven reprintings, the latest being in 2015. This latest edition has been cited 558 times (Google Scholar). … The book is well worth reading.
*Catholic Books Review*

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