Liturgies of the Western Church Author:Ed. Bard Thompson The many liturgies of the Western Church which have served. — through the centuries to transmit the Word of God and explicate its incarnation in Jesus Christ have been both of history and beyond it, bearing the impress of historical and theological developments within Christianity while always trying to maintain their fidelity to the eternity of ... more »the Word.
The liturgies of the Word and of the Lord's Supper which Bard Thompson, Professor of Church History at Vanderbilt University, has selected for inclusion in this volume, range from those of the Church Fathers Justin Martyr and Hippolytus through the Roman Mass (both in Latin and English), to the great Reformation liturgies of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Knox, Baxter, and Wesley, as well as the Middleburg Liturgy of the English Puritans and the Westminster Directory.
In addition to translating anew many of the texts, Professor Thompson has drawn upon copies of the original documents in order to insure the accuracy of his text. Each text is supplied with an introduction which, although nontechnical, elucidates both the liturgy and the tradition in which the liturgy stands.« less