11 January 2009

Addai and Mari

...was mentionned in the sequela of a previous post. I have recently come across the following, in an unpublished and very interesting letter of Dom Gregory Dix shown to me by Mrs Jill Pinnock, where I'm sure the great mystagogue has A and M in mind:
What are the minimum requirements for [eucharistic] validity? I suppose (1) a priest (2) bread and wine (3) the words of institution (I personally would reduce this last to any plain indication that the rite now being performed with the bread and wine by the priest is intended as a deliberate fulfilment of the command at the Last Supper, touto poieite eis ten anamnesin mou. A repetition of the words of institution is the most compendious and unambiguous, and best authorised, way of doing this).

4 comments:

Presbyter said...

Arthur Couratin in his university liturgy lectures at St Stephen's House took the view that the Institution Narrative was not in the Liturgy of Addai and Mari, but was interpolated in the text in 1890. There is indeed a recalling of the Supper but no Institution Narrative as such. Indeed the latter only appeared in early liturgies in consequence of a more definite view of consecration and sacrifice.

William Tighe said...

Mascall said much the same thing in one of the early chapters of *Corpus Christi* as I recall.

Presbyter said...

William Tighe - I have just checked it , it is in Chapter III 'The Eucharistic Canon'(pages 49-80) in EL Mascall "Corpus Christi". Thank you.

Pastor in Valle said...

Nova et Vetera verlag have published a series of essays on the subject of A&M, including one by Fr Uwe Michael Lang: I keep meaning to order a copy.