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« on: February 16, 2011, 01:49:26 AM »

Light & Life Publishing has released a book titled Byzantine Liturgical Reform: A Study of Liturgical Change in the Byzantine Tradition. From the description of the book:

"The author...demonstrates that deliberate liturgical reform is nothing new in the Byzantine rite. He offers four examples of reform: (1) The Studite reform (8th c.) (2) the Pascal triduum (8-13th c.) (3) the Prothesis development (11-14th c.) (4) three 17th c. reforms among the Orthodox in Kiev under Metrop, Peter Moghila, and in Moscow under Patriarch Nikon."

Has anyone read this book?
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 02:44:44 AM »

Light & Life Publishing has released a book titled Byzantine Liturgical Reform: A Study of Liturgical Change in the Byzantine Tradition. From the description of the book:

"The author...demonstrates that deliberate liturgical reform is nothing new in the Byzantine rite. He offers four examples of reform: (1) The Studite reform (8th c.) (2) the Pascal triduum (8-13th c.) (3) the Prothesis development (11-14th c.) (4) three 17th c. reforms among the Orthodox in Kiev under Metrop, Peter Moghila, and in Moscow under Patriarch Nikon."

Has anyone read this book?

I haven't read it, but I've heard about different "reforms" that have occurred. If you think about it, the Liturgies of St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, etc... were all reforms, since they simply shortened parts the Liturgy (and added some new prayers).
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 12:33:47 PM »

Keep an open mind and always remember that the Liturgies we have today did not spontaneously erupt or be divinely revealed. Rather they were a product of various practices, dogmatic definitions and evolution over the centuries.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 12:46:36 PM »

Light & Life Publishing has released a book titled Byzantine Liturgical Reform: A Study of Liturgical Change in the Byzantine Tradition. From the description of the book:

"The author...demonstrates that deliberate liturgical reform is nothing new in the Byzantine rite. He offers four examples of reform: (1) The Studite reform (8th c.) (2) the Pascal triduum (8-13th c.) (3) the Prothesis development (11-14th c.) (4) three 17th c. reforms among the Orthodox in Kiev under Metrop, Peter Moghila, and in Moscow under Patriarch Nikon."

Has anyone read this book?

I haven't read it, but I've heard about different "reforms" that have occurred. If you think about it, the Liturgies of St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom, etc... were all reforms, since they simply shortened parts the Liturgy (and added some new prayers).
and supressed other lituriges and rites (e.g. Alexandrian, Antiochian, etc.).
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2011, 12:40:36 PM »

It would be useful to know the author of the book, then we can see if he is qualified to write on this topic or merely expressing personal opinions.
As for Metropolitan Petro Mohyla, many have argued that his Trebnyk introduced some Latinizations into the Orthodox Church. It is online some where but I have lost the link.
To the best of my knoweldge I do not believe he made changes to the celebration of the Divine Liturgy itself.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2011, 04:14:34 PM »

It would be useful to know the author of the book, then we can see if he is qualified to write on this topic or merely expressing personal opinions.
As for Metropolitan Petro Mohyla, many have argued that his Trebnyk introduced some Latinizations into the Orthodox Church. It is online some where but I have lost the link.
To the best of my knoweldge I do not believe he made changes to the celebration of the Divine Liturgy itself.


You can read a book review here:
http://www.amazon.com/Byzantine-Liturgical-Reform-Change-Tradition/dp/0881413437
The author is a Greek Catholic monk who discusses  the topic from a RC background with references to Vatican 2.

I think the use of the word "Byzantine" inthe title gives hints of the Greek Catholic background and context in which the book is written.  I wouldn't waste my money on it.
Actually I am surprised that "Light & Life" would even carry it for sale.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2011, 04:35:55 PM »

I think the use of the word "Byzantine" inthe title gives hints of the Greek Catholic background and context in which the book is written.  I wouldn't waste my money on it.
Actually I am surprised that "Light & Life" would even carry it for sale.

It's not published by Light and Life.  The publisher is Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press.
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2011, 10:16:52 AM »

I think the use of the word "Byzantine" inthe title gives hints of the Greek Catholic background and context in which the book is written.  I wouldn't waste my money on it.
Actually I am surprised that "Light & Life" would even carry it for sale.

It's not published by Light and Life.  The publisher is Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press.
I wonder why St. Vladimir's press is publishing a Roman Catholic author?Huh  The Catholics have so many of their own presses for their books.
I wish St. Vladimir's Press would publish more English translations of Russian theologians, especially the theologians who were writing in all the church journals before the Sobor of 1917 discussing the role of the laity inthe church.  We nedto read these works.
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2012, 01:35:23 AM »

I did a quick read of this book and have a review posted in the reviews forum:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,42819.0.html

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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2012, 01:51:15 AM »

I'm very much interested in the ways the liturgy developed in the Slavic lands after the fall of the Byzantine Empire.
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2012, 02:16:46 AM »

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book published by Conciliar Press by Fr Lawrence Farley.
It has been a while since I read it but I do remember that Fr Farley goes over many of the changes to the liturgy throughout the centuries.

http://www.conciliarpress.com/products/Let-Us-Attend%21-A-Journey-Through-the-Orthodox-Divine-Liturgy.html
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