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Liturgical Books
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[German Version]

I. Catholic – II. Orthodox

I. Catholic

1. General Introduction and History

The binding nature of its basic elements (Scripture reading, the breaking of bread [Eucharist/Communion]) notwithstanding, the liturgy was initially celebrated quite freely with improvised prayers by the presiding priest (Just. 1 Apol. 67). Later on, model texts (Hipp., Traditio Apostolica ) served as points of reference. From the 4th century onwards, the major ecclesiastical centers (Antioch, Alexandria, Rome, Jerusalem, Byzantium…

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Praßl, Franz Karl and Petzolt, Martin, “Liturgical Books”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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