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Fisher's own scholarship is a sterling example of the value of getting back to the sources. There is no question that liturgy has been vastly improved today because we have had better contact with its sources. We understand from them how and why people prayed at different times in history, which ceremonies carried over, which were abandoned, and perhaps which should have been abandoned but were not. The field of liturgical history has been extremely helpful in our recent revisions of the rites of Christian initiation. Gerard Austin, O'PRice School for Pastoral MinistryThis reissue of J.D.C. Fisher's classic work introduces the reader to primary sources that led the author to the theory of disintegration of the primitive rite of initiation. Published by Liturgy Training Publications.
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Rome from John the Deacon and the Gelasian Sacramentary to the 12th centuryReview:
Baptism in the Medieval West is the authoritative study of the disintegration of the rites of initiation. -- New Liturgy, Nos. 122-123, Summer/Autumn 2004
The volume contains rites that cannot be found elsewhere in translation. -- Theological Studies, Vol. 66, No. 1, March 2005
...disintegration...of the three sacraments is a very important matter...Fisher describes this disintegration "in a uniquely detailed and satisfying way." -- Theology Digest, Vol. 51, No. 3, Fall 2004, Heiser
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Book Description SPCK Publishing, 1965. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110281000271
Book Description SPCK Publishing, 1965. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0281000271