New York: The Seabury Press, 1976. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, several discrete penciled marginal notes in early chapters, trace of foxing to center front panel, modest toning and wear to spine head of bright, unclipped dust jacket. Item #912
"LITURGY IS THE WORK OF THE COMMUNITY, NOT SOMETHING DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY" Early printing of Marion J. Hatchett's popular study of Christian Liturgical History—"a brief synoptic presentation" of the rites, ceremonies, and sacraments of the Christian Church. In response to a time of "liturgical changes and revisions," Hatchett developed this introduction at the School of Theology of the University of the South as "a brief synoptic presentation" for students, laymen, and clergy. Hatchett's prefatory note states: "this work is so arranged that a person interested in one particular rite or aspect (for example, Invitation, Ordination, Vestments, Music, the Eucharist, the Liturgical Year, or Sacred Buildings) can easily trace that aspect through the various chapters." The book is divided into nine sections: I. Introduction, II. The Period of the Oral Tradition, III. The Period of the Church Orders, IV. The Period of the Sacramentaries, V. The Period of the Manuscript Missals, VI. The Period of Printed Books, VII. The Book of Common Prayer (English), VIII. The Book of Common Prater (American), IX. The Period of Paperback Liturgies. End notes ("For Further Reference") and an Index follow the text. Jacket design by Jackie Adato. Third printing: published in the same year as the first.