Liturgy in the Early Church

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Book or monograph Paul F. Bradshaw, A Bibliography of Recent Liturgical Studies. Runcorn: Alcuin, 1989. pp.38.
Book or monograph Thomas A. Vismans & Lucas Bribkhoff, Critical Bibliography of Liturgical Literature. Raymond W, Fitzpatrick & Clifford Howells, translators. Nijmegen: Bestelcentrale der V.S.K.B. Publ., 1961. pp.79.

Primary Sources

Book or monograph W.H. Frere, Studies in Early Roman Liturgy, Vols 2-3. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1934, 1935.
Book or monograph Didache 7; 9-10.
Book or monograph Hippolytus, Apostolic Tradition 4; 15-21.
Book or monograph Justin Martyr, 1 Apology 61; 65; 67.
Book or monograph Tertullian, On Baptism.

Secondary Sources

Book or monograph A. Baumstark, Comparative Liturgy. London: Mowbray, 1958.
Book or monograph Bradshaw, ed.: The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and WorshipPaul Bradshaw, ed. The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Philadelphia: Westminster, 2003. Hbk. ISBN: 0664226558. pp.493.
Book or monograph Paul F. Bradshaw, The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pbk. ISBN: 0195217322. pp.48.
Book or monograph P. Carrington, The Primitive Christian Catechism. Cambridge, 1940.
Book or monograph Thomas K. Carroll & Thomas Halton, Liturgical Practice in the Fathers. Wilmington: Glazier, 1991. Pbk. ISBN: 089453324X. pp.320.
Article in Journal or Book Henry Chadwick, "Justin Martyr's Defence of Christianity," Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 47 (1965): 275-97.
Book or monograph E.C. Colwell & D.W. Riddle, Prolegomena to the Study of the Lectionary Text of the Gospels. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1933.
Book or monograph Jean Daniélou, The Liturgy and the Bible. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1956. Hbk. ISBN: 0268000182.
Book or monograph L. Deiss, Early Sources of the Liturgy. London: Chapman, 1967.
Book or monograph Dix: The Shape of the LiturgyGraham Dix, The Shape of the Liturgy. London: Arthur & Charles Black, 1945. Reprint. Continuum International Publishing Group - A & C Black, 2000. Hbk. ISBN: 0826455174.
Book or monograph Robert F Evans, One and Holy: Church in Latin Patristic Thought. Church Historical Socoety series. London: SPCK, 1972. Hbk. ISBN: 0281027250. pp.192.
Book or monograph Eugene J. Fisher, ed. The Jewish Roots of Christian Liturgy. Mahweh, NJ: Paulist 1990. Pbk. ISBN: 0809131323. pp.222.
Book or monograph J.M. Gallagher, Signicando Causant: A Study of Sacramental Efficacy. Fribourg: University Press, 1965.
Book or monograph Gavin: The Jewish Antecedents of the Christian SacramentsF.S.B. Gavin, The Jewish Antecedents of the Christian Sacraments. R A Kessinger Publishing Co., 1988. Pbk. ISBN: 0766104699. pp.132.
Book or monograph Alexandre Ganocry, An Introduction to Catholic Sacramental Theology. New York: Paulist Press, 1984. Pbk. ISBN: 0809125684. pp.192.
Book or monograph Ferdinand Hahn, The Worship of the Early Church. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1973. Pbk. ISBN: 0800601270. pp.144.
Book or monograph Lawrence A. Hoffman, Beyond the Text: A Holistic Approach to Liturgy. Jewish Literature & Culture Series. Bloomington / Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987. Hbk. ISBN: 0253311993. pp. vii + 213.
Book or monograph The Study of LiturgyCheslyn Jones, Geoffrey Wainwright & Edward Yarnold, eds. The Study of Liturgy, 2nd edn. London: SPK, 1992. Pbk. ISBN: 0281045550.
Book or monograph J.A. Jungmann, The Early Liturgy to the Time of Gregory the Great. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1959. Hbk. ISBN: 0268000832.
Article in Journal or Book Aidan Kavanagh, "Liturgical and Credal Studies," Henry W. Bowden, ed. A Century of Church History: The Legacy of Philip Schaff. Carbondale & Edwardsville: South Illinois University Press, 1988. Hbk. ISBN: 0809314398. pp. 216-244.
Article in Journal or Book E.J. Kilmartin, "Patristic Views of Sacramental Sanctification," C.S. Sullivan, ed. Readings in Sacramental Theology. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1964.
Book or monograph Kilmartin: Christian Liturgy, Vol. 1Edward J. Kilmartin, Christian Liturgy, Vol. 1. Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1988. Pbk. 1556120672.
Book or monograph Klausner: A Short History of the Western LiturgyTheodor Klausner, A Short History of the Western Liturgy, 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979. Pbk. ISBN: 0192132237. pp.240.
Article in Journal or Book J.A. Lamb, "The Place of the Bible in Liturgy," P.R. Ackroyd & C.F. Evans, eds. The Cambridge History of the Bible, Vol. 1. From Beginnings to Jerome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970. Hbk. ISBN: 0521074185. pp.563-586.
Book or monograph A History of Liturgical Books from the Origins to the Thirteenth CenturyEric Palazzo, A History of Liturgical Books from the Origins to the Thirteenth Century. Liturgical Press, 1998. Pbk. ISBN: 081466167X. pp.256.
Book or monograph E.C. Ratcliff, Liturgical Studies. A.H. Couratin & D.H. Tripp, eds. London: SPCK, 1976. pp. vi + 250.
Book or monograph For the Life of the World: Sacraments and OrthodoxyA. Schmemann, For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy, 2nd edn. Crestwood: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1989. Pbk. ISBN: 0913836087. pp.151.
Book or monograph Hans-Joachim Schultz, The Byzantine Liturgy: Symbolic Structure and Faith Expression. New York: Pueblo, 1986. Pbk. ISBN: 0916134725. pp.284.
Book or monograph O. Semmelroth, Church and Sacrament. Notre Dame: Fides, 1965.
Book or monograph J.S. Srawley, The Early History of the Liturgy, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1947.
Book or monograph Robert Taft, The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West: The Origins of the Divine Office and its Meaning for Today. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1986. Pbk. ISBN: 0814614051. pp. xvii + 421.
Book or monograph Carl A. Volz, Faith and Practice in the Early Church: Foundations for Contemporary Theology. Miineapolis: Augsburg, 1983. Pbk. ISBN: 0806619619. pp.223.
Article in Journal or Book A. Vööbus, "Regarding the Background of the Liturgical Traditions in the Didache. The Question of Literary Relation Between Did IX.4 and the Fourth Gospel," Vigiliae Christianae 23 (1969): 81-87.
Book or monograph T. Warden, ed., Sacraments in Scripture: A Symposium. London: Chapman, 1966.
Book or monograph Fredrick E. Warren, The Liturgy of the Ante-Nicene Church. London: 1897. Reprint: AMS Press, 1940. Hbk. ISBN: 0404068472.
Book or monograph Louis Weil, Sacraments and Liturgy: The Outward Signs: A Study of Liturgical Mentality. Oxford: Blackwell, 1984. Hbk. ISBN: 0631131922.
Book or monograph Herman A.J. Wegman, Christian Worship in East and West. New York: Pueblo, 1990. Pbk. ISBN: 0916134717. pp.390.
Article in Journal or Book William C. Weinrich, "Cyprian, Donatism, Augustine, and Augustana VIII: Remarks on the Church and the Validity of Sacraments," Concordia Theological Quarterly 55.4 (1991): 267-296.
Book or monograph Geoffrey Grimshaw Willis, A History of Early Roman Liturgy to the Death of Pope Gregory the Great. Subsidia, No 1. Boydell & Brewer, 1994. Hbk. ISBN: 1870252063. pp.168.

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