The Commemoratio pro vivis of the Roman Canon: a textual witness to the evolution of Western Eucharistic theologies?

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O'Loughlin, Thomas (2014)
  • Publisher: Peeters

This text - an important element in the Western Latin Eucharistic Prayer - has not been studied in detail since the 1950s (Jungmann); and has never been studied using the methods of modern textual studies. Yet it bristles with problems - textual variations in the early witnesses; theological in that the argument is self-contradictory; and linguistic: the Latin syntax is not only 'difficult' but downright wrong - which, if noted at all, tend to be ignored. This paper proposes that we see this text as the product of layers of accretion which each layer can be identified and the manner in which its addition distorted the overall text explained by the concerns of specific groups and periods. Having identified the layers, one can then see the original text which has elements that can be paralleled in second-century CE texts. When this Urtext is compared with the later 'textus receptus' it becomes clear that the focus of the text has been completely transformed - and in this transformation of its intent (both as a ritual object and as a text carrying doctrinal weight) lies the source of many later controversies - some of which are still being pursued with vigor today.
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    John F. BALDOVIN, Boston, USA Introduction ......................................................................................... 1

    Paul F. BRADSHAW, Notre Dame, USA What Do We Really Know about the Earliest Roman Liturgy?........ 7

    Olof BRANDT, Rome, Italy The Archaeology of Roman Ecclesial Architecture and the Study of Early Christian Liturgy ....................................................................... 21

    Juliette DAY, Oxford, UK and Helsinki, Finland Interpreting the Origins of the Roman Canon ................................... 53

    Thomas O'LOUGHLIN, Nottingham, UK The Commemoratio pro vivis of the Roman Canon: A Textual Witness to the Evolution of Western Eucharistic Theologies? ........................ 69

    Diane APOSTOLOS-CAPPADONA, Washington, D.C., USA '… decorated with luminous mosaics': Image and Liturgy in 5th/6th-Century Roman Church Apse Mosaics.................................... 93

    Richard HILLIER, Surrey, UK Arator and Baptism in Sixth-Century Rome ...................................... 111

    Thomas R. WHELAN, Dublin, Ireland Using God in War: Shifting Attitudes to War in 5th/6th-Century Roman Liturgical Sources................................................................................ 135

    Robin M. JENSEN, Nashville, USA Saints' Relics and the Consecration of Church Buildings in Rome .. 153

    Mark HUMPHRIES, Swansea, UK Liturgy and Laity in Late-Antique Rome: Problems, Sources, and Social Dynamics.................................................................................. 171

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