From Easter to Holy Week

The Paschal Mystery and Liturgical Renewal in the Twentieth Century


The story of the twentieth-century Liturgical Movement is, more than anything else, about the rediscovery and renewed understanding of the fundamental reality of the Paschal Mystery and of the Paschal identity of the Church. This identity is expressed and celebrated whenever the Body of Christ – every member – welcomes new members in the waters of baptism and feasts with them in the Eucharist, especially as these are celebrated during Holy Week.

This book explores this rediscovery, first in the Roman Catholic Church and then in the Episcopal Church and other Churches of the Anglican Communion, and looks in particular at how both grassroots and official work played a role in renewing and restoring the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week.

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Laura E. Moore, Th.D. (2011), The General Theological Seminary (New York, NY), is Parish Administrator at All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken, NJ, and former Adjunct Professor of Liturgics at The General Theological Seminary. She is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, where she participates in The Advent Project seminar, and she was a contributing author for Planning Rites and Rituals (New York: Church Publishing, 2017).
"Laura Moore’s clear and readable book is a real contribution to the history of the liturgical and ecumenical movements and delivers a great gift to the Episcopal Church, specifically in its telling of the history of these rites which have come to carry such rich and spiritually powerful theological freight in the spiritual lives of its members. Given how much ground is covered, this volume would be a welcome contribution to seminary classrooms." Matthew S.C. Olver, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, in: Ecclesiology 16 (2020).

"This well-written book effectively weaves together many threads of twentieth-century liturgical developments, official and unofficial, showing clearly how a renewed understanding of paschal mystery emerged in the Episcopal Church. Moore’s work should be welcomed by all who are interested in the ongoing work of liturgical renewal and Anglican prayer book revision." - Rev. Dr. Ruth A. Meyers, Dean of Academic Affairs and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California

"Laura Moore’s timely volume chronicles The Episcopal Church’s ambitious quest of rediscovering ‘paschal mystery’ as the heart of Christian identity, vocation, and mission. However, she takes us on much more than a tour of decades and centuries past. She turns our gaze to the horizon, reminding us what remains at stake as the church navigates uncertain twenty-first century waters, and setting our compass for a promising course forward. A significant contribution to the work of scholar, student, and practitioner alike!" - Rev. Dr. D. Jay Koyle, Chair of Faith, Worship and Ministry for The Anglican Church of Canada

 1 The Context of Liturgical Renewal
 2 Overview of the Project

1 The Evolution of Holy Week
 1 The New Testament Witness
 2 Sunday
 3 An Annual Celebration
 4 Pascha and Baptism
 5 Development of the Triduum and Holy Week
 6 Separation of Baptism from the Triduum
 7 Key Elements of Holy Week
 8 The Reformation

2 The Liturgical Movement
 1 ‘Immediate Roots’ and Early Years
 2 The Context in which the Liturgical Movement Developed
 3 Liturgical Formation
 4 Mediator Dei: Rome Embraces the Liturgical Movement
 5 Conclusion

3 The Renewal of Holy Week in the Roman Catholic Church
 1 The Restoration of the Easter Vigil
 2 Key Liturgical Congresses
 3 Liturgicus Hebdomadae Sanctae Ordo Instauratur (1955)
 4 Popular Devotions
 5 The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
 6 The Roman Calendar of 1969
 7 Conclusion

4 The Liturgical Movement in the Episcopal Church in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
 1 The First Half of the Twentieth Century
 2 The 1928 Book of Common Prayer
 3 Holy Week in the Episcopal Church from 1928 until Mid-Century
 4 The Difficulty with Good Friday
 5 How Was Holy Week Celebrated, and by Whom?
 6 Conclusion

5 Prayer Book Revision and Holy Week
 1 Unofficial and Grassroots Holy Week Liturgies at Mid-Century
 2 The Episcopal Church Contemplates Prayer Book Revision
 3 The Standing Liturgical Commission Tackles Holy Week
 4 Holy Week, Day by Day
 5 Feedback on the Draft Holy Week Liturgies
 6 Conclusions

6 Prayer Book Revision Comes to an End (For the Moment)
 1 Introducing the Book to the Church
 2 Key Features of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
 3 The Paschal Mystery
 4 The Ministry of All the People of God
 5 A Liturgical Structure Where Eucharist Is the Normative Context
 6 Holy Week in the 1979 Book
 7 Holy Week in the New York Metropolitan Area
 8 Featured Parishes – From Trial Use to the 1979 BCP
 9 Conclusion

7 Holy Week in the Anglican Communion
 1 The Church of England
 2 Other Churches in the Anglican Communion

8 Conclusions
 1 Where Have We Come From?
 2 Where Are We Now?
 3 What Does the Future Hold?
Appendix 1: The Evolution of the Chief Days of Holy Week in the Episcopal Church
Appendix 2: The Evolution of Holy Week in the Four Featured Parishes
Appendix 3: Daily Office Lections for Holy Week
Appendix 4: Holy Week in Parishes around the United States
Appendix 5: Key Dates
Scholars, teachers, researchers and students of liturgical studies; clergy and informed lay people in the Episcopal Church and other parts of the Anglican Communion who are interested in liturgical renewal.
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