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The Orthodox Liturgy: The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite Paperback – December 31, 1989

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Hugh Wybrew is an Anglican priest who has studied Orthodoxy for many years. He is Vicar of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford. He was previously Dean of St George's Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem, where he was in close contact with Eastern churches
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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (December 31, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881411000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881411003
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written introduction to the history of the development of the Orthodox liturgy. It is easy to read and uncluttered by jargon. The author provides snapshots of the liturgy at various stages of its development, with particular emphasis on how the practicalities of worship at the great church in Constantinople influenced this development.
I would recommend this book to anyone new to this fascinating subject.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Edward M. Freeman on November 28, 2009
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"Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings..."
--William Cowper (1731-1800), 'Olney Hymns,' XLVIII [Joy and Peace in Believing]

The people called the Byzantines came from the direction where morning light appeared for many Christians of the ancient and medieval world. East of Athens and Rome, the ancient name for the region, called Anatolia, is derived from the Greek word translated "east." This provides a poetic analogy to theme and content of Wybrew's text, which still satisfies readers three decades after initial publication. The book ignites interest to experience Byzantium's light through development of Eucharistic Liturgies composed by Sts. Basil the Great and John Chrysostom in the fourth century.

Canon Hugh Wybrew, the author, remains on faculty at Oxford University after having released his vicarage of St. Mary Magdalen Church (Anglican), Oxford, UK. Having studied Orthodox theology for many years prior to the book's 1988 debut (1989, SVSP; revised 1997), he produced this monograph that attracts cradle and converted Orthodox Christians as well as an audience of beginners and scholars, thanks to combined prayerful and critical voices. Wybrew had been Dean of St. George Cathedral (Anglican), Jerusalem, when the book was first published.

Maintaining a steady hand on the wheel of controversies, Wybrew explores textual studies and cultural history of Byzantium without judgment. Added to his even hand are other important correlates of the Divine Liturgy.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David P. Schultz on July 14, 2007
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It has been several years since I last read this book, thus I will only submit the contents page information: Western Eucharist and Orthodox Liturgy, The sources of Tradition, The Fourth Century, The Eucharist at Constantinople in the time of John Chrysostom, The Liturgy in the time of Maximus the Confessor, The Liturgy after the Victory of the Icons, The Byzantine Liturgy in the Eleventh Century, The Completion of the Liturgy, Epilogue, Life of Christ Symbolism in the Litugy: Comparative Table.
I remember this book as an interesting read for those interested in the History of the Christian service, especially from an Eastern perspective.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Fälthammar on November 2, 2009
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This book is very good for the scholar who wants to get to know the Orthodox Liturgy and it's root and such. I find it very interesting, and Wybrew seems to be a good Liturgist.
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