Originally intending a comprehensive scholarly text with accompanying notes and critical analysis, Father John Begley realized that while such a study would be a fine resource for the scholar, a more elemental collection would better suit the beginner. That's not to say he skimps on substance. Herein you'll fine source material for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist gathered from the troves of early patristic texts: the Didache
, The Apology of St. Justin Martyr
, The Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus
, the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, the Euchologion of Serapion
(a prayer book dating from the time of Sts. Anthony and Athanasius, found on Mt. Athos in 1894), The Apostolic Constitutions, The Anaphoras of Sts. Basil and John Chrysostom, The Mystagogical Lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, the De Sacramentis of St. Ambrose of Milan, The Baptismal Homilies of Theodore of Mopsuestia, excerpts from Egeria's Diary of a Pilgrimage
and The Letter of John the Deacon
. Each selection is preceded by a short introduction, setting forth the history of the text and its context within the larger work.
An Eighth Day View:
Eastern Orthodox and Western Catholic Christians will use and enjoy "The Welcoming Church, " a collection of liturgical and patristic sources for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. The work will provide all with easy access to the sources which document the rich sacramental heritage.