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Liturgy of St. James
07-06-2007, 05:18 AM,
The Liturgy of St James is historically and liturgically of great interest, and of great beauty. It has long been of interest to English liturgical scholars.

Texts of the Liturgy with some commentary can be found in the following (listed in chronological order):

Thomas Brett ?A Collection of the Principal Liturgies, used by the Christian Church in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, particularly the ancient, viz, the Clementine, the Liturgies of S. James, S. Mark, S. Chrysostom, S. Basil, &c. Translated ... by several hands. With a dissertation upon them, shewing their usefulness and authority, and pointing out their several corruptions and interpolations? King, London, 1720

Thomas Rattray ?The Ancient Liturgy of the Church of Jerusalem, being the Liturgy of St James Freed from all later Additions and Interpolations of whatever kind, and so restored to its Original Purity: By comparing it with the Account given of that Liturgy by St Cyril in the fifth Mystagogical Catechism, And with the Clementine Liturgy, &c.? Bettenham, London, 1744 [reproduced in Grisbrooke, 1958 below]

W. Trollope ?The Greek Liturgy of St James? T. & T. Clarke, Edinburgh, 1848

J.M. Neale ?The Liturgy of St James? London, 1858

J. M. Neale and R.F. Littledale ?The Greek Liturgies? London, 1858

J.M. Neale ?Liturgies of St Mark, St James, St Clement, St Chrysostom and St Basil? 2nd edition, London, 1868

J. M. Neale and R.F. Littledale ?Liturgies of Ss Mark, James, Clement, Chrysostom and Basil and the Church of Malabar? 7th edition, Grifith Farran and Co., London, 1869: 30-64

Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson (eds) ?Ante-Nicene Christian Library Vol. XXIV Early Liturgies and Other Documents? T. & T. Clarke, Edinburgh, 1872:11-45

C.A. Swainson ?The Greek Liturgies chiefly from original authorities? Cambridge, 1884:214-332

F.E. Brightman ?Liturgies Eastern and Western Volume I: Eastern? Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1896:30-68 [Greek], 69-110 [Syrian St James in English]

W. Jardine Grisbrooke ?Anglican Liturgies of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries? SPCK, London, 1958:319-332 [the text of the translation by Thomas Rattray referred to above]

Gregory Dix ?The Shape of the Liturgy? Dacre Press, London, 1978:188-196 [Anaphora only - Dix notes variants between the Greek and Syriac texts, and compares both with Cyril?s summary of the Anaphora.]

Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson (eds) ?The Ante-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, Volume VII? Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1985:537-550 [translated by William Macdonald]

R.C.D. Jasper and G.J. Cuming ?Prayers of the Eucharist. Early and Reformed? Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1990:90-99 [Anaphora only]

Ancient commentaries on the Liturgy of St James are found in the writings of St Cyril of Jerusalem, James of Edessa [?Exposition of the Mysteries of the Oblation? (708)], and Denys bar Salibi [?Exposition of the Liturgy? (1171)]

Studies of and commentaries on the Liturgy are found in:

Archdale King ?The Rites of Eastern Christendom? First Volume Rome, Catholic Book Agency, 1947:129-203

G. J. Cumming ?The Litanies in the Liturgy of St James? ?Ecclesia Orans? 3 (1986) 175-80

G. J. Cumming ?The Missa Catechumenorum of the Liturgy of St James? ?Studia Liturgica? 17 (1987) 62-71

G. J. Cumming ?Further Studies in the Liturgy of St James? ?Studia Liturgica? 18 (1988) 161-9

Gregory Dix ?The Shape of the Liturgy? Dacre Press, London, 1978:175-207, 187-196

John Fenwick ?The Anaphoras of St Basil and St James? Orientalia Christiana Analecta 240 Pontificum Institutum Orientale, 1992

R.C.D. Jasper and G.J. Cuming ?Prayers of the Eucharist. Early and Reformed? Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1990:88-89

M.H. Shepherd ?Eusebius and the Liturgy of St James? ?Yearbook of Liturgical Studies? 4 (1963):109-125

B.D. Spinks ?The Consecratory Epiclesis in the Anaphora of St James? ?Studia Liturgica? 11 (1976):19-32

John Witvliet ?The Anaphora of St James? in Paul Bradshaw (ed) ?Essays on Early Eastern Eucharistic Prayers? The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1997

If any of the above texts are of particular interest and difficult to obtain, I have almost all of them and would be happy to scan and post. Some of the earlier (and thus out of copyright!) material might be usefully reproduced in ?The Glastonbury Review? or, if there was sufficient interest, perhaps compiled into a volume of ?St James Studies? to be published by the BOC.

It has been my hope to complete an annotated text of the BOC Liturgy of St James (to parallel the texts of the Coptic Raising of Incense and the Coptic Liturgy of St Basil): I only need the time!

Fr Gregory

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