I’m holding in my hands the new edition of The Mass of Early Christians. It’s in the warehouse. It’s even on Amazon.
What’s new in this expanded edition? Lots. The book’s a good deal bigger. There are at least six new chapters — on Clement of Rome, Cornelius, Firmilian, the Anaphora of St. Mark, Eusebius, and the Council of Nicea. I added several more apocryphal texts, and included a discussion of the recently discovered Gospel of Judas. I also added more texts by Irenaeus, Cyprian, Origen, Clement of Alexandria, and others. Still other chapters were extensively rewritten based on more recent scholarship.
In case you missed the reviews the first time around, here’s a sampling:
“This is an excellent and exciting work. I wish that The Mass of the Early Christians was compulsory reading for all ordinands. Mike Aquilina is to be congratulated.”
— Robert Beaken, New Directions (U.K.)
“All Christians from liturgical traditions can read this book with profit and find comfort in the firm historical basis of their own worship. Those who have shunned liturgical worship might after reading this book reconsider their position and wonder what they have been missing.”
— Christian Book Reviews
“The Mass we know on Sunday—the Mass you encounter in this book—is where Tradition lives, where Church’s memory reigns ‘in the Spirit.’ Read this book, then, and remember.”
— Scott Hahn, professor, Franciscan University
“Aquilina is to be congratulated for making these texts accessible to a new and wide-ranging audience allowing us to echo the cry voiced by the martyrs of North Africa in the third century: ‘we cannot live without the Mass!'”
— Fr. Joseph Linck, rector, St. John Fisher Seminary
“Mike Aquilina has performed a needed service in making this heritage accessible to non-specialists.”
— Oswald Sobrino, Esq.
Can you tell I’m excited? Hope you like the new edition as much as I do.