Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another book that looks at the symbols of the Eucharist at the expense of the meaning of the Eucharist?

Many such books have been written, both for the Roman rite and the Byzantine. (A problem affecting the other Apostolic Churches?) While I dislike the term "rationalism" being applied to those who seek to clarify the meaning of the Eucharist (Fr. Bouyer, Fr. Schmemann), at this point I think it is the correct approach. Seeking to enshroud the Eucharist in a counter-rationalist (even Romantic?) notion of "mystery" does not really help the laity develop a proper Christian spirituality.

Fr. Z: BOOK: Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great

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