The Divine Liturgy
Insights into its Mystery
If in the first place our book is intended to be a personal homage to the Divine Liturgy, it also has another purpose. Without any doubt, the gravest symptom in the crisis the Western Church is currently undergoing—the effects of which on art we have already denounced in our book The Symbolism of the Christian Temple—is the calling in question of the very meaning and content of the Mass, given that it is the heart and vital center of the Church. And we have made our feeble contribution to its defence. But our intention is not to become involved in theological quarrels. In this study our point of view is that of the historian of religions. What we wish to show is that the Christian mass is illumined in the light of studies concerning the universal schemas of the sacred to which it conforms. Most assuredly, the Christian cult has its specificity, but that is for the theologian and liturgist to spell out. What we are proposing to do is to unravel the characteristics in the Christian cult linking it to the universality of the sacred.
Table of Contents
The Sacrifice—The Holy Mysteries—The Divine Liturgy —The Altar of the Lord—Dramatis Personae—Liturgy of the Word—Theosis