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The Commemoratio pro vivis of the Roman Canon: a textual witness to the evolution of Western Eucharistic theologies?

O'Loughlin, Thomas

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Thomas O'Loughlin



Abstract

This text - an important element in the Western Latin Eucharistic Prayer - has not been studied in detail since the 1950s (Jungmann); and has never been studied using the methods of modern textual studies. Yet it bristles with problems - textual variations in the early witnesses; theological in that the argument is self-contradictory; and linguistic: the Latin syntax is not only 'difficult' but downright wrong - which, if noted at all, tend to be ignored. This paper proposes that we see this text as the product of layers of accretion which each layer can be identified and the manner in which its addition distorted the overall text explained by the concerns of specific groups and periods. Having identified the layers, one can then see the original text which has elements that can be paralleled in second-century CE texts. When this Urtext is compared with the later 'textus receptus' it becomes clear that the focus of the text has been completely transformed - and in this transformation of its intent (both as a ritual object and as a text carrying doctrinal weight) lies the source of many later controversies - some of which are still being pursued with vigor today.

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O'Loughlin, T. (2014). The Commemoratio pro vivis of the Roman Canon: a textual witness to the evolution of Western Eucharistic theologies?

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2014
Publication Date Aug 31, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 6, 2016
Journal Studia Patristica
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 71
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34660
Related Public URLs http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz_print.asp?nr=9312
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Additional Information ISBN: 9789042929630

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