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Martyrdom and the Mass | Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina In the first three centuries of Christian history, the practice of the faith was a capital crime, and many gave their lives as the …More
Martyrdom and the Mass | Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina
In the first three centuries of Christian history, the practice of the faith was a capital crime, and many gave their lives as the ultimate testimony. The Church called them “witnesses”—in Greek, martures, whence we get the English word martyr. To speak of martyrdom, the early Fathers employed language usually reserved only for the Eucharist. So what does martyrdom have to do with the Mass? LINKS Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, “Eucharist and Mission,” in Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith: The Church as Communion, pp. 112-120 Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith |~ PFFP Finbarr G. Clancy, "Imitating the Mysteries That You Celebrate: Martyrdom and Eucharist in the Early Patristic Period,” in Vincent Twomey, ed., The Great Persecution: The Proceedings of the Fifth Patristic Conference, Maynooth Four Courts Press | The great persecution Robin Darling Young, In Procession before the World: Martyrdom as Public Liturgy in Early Christianity Young | University Press | Marquette University Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Romans CHURCH FATHERS: Epistle to the Romans (St. Ignatius) Anonymous, The Martyrdom of Polycarp CHURCH FATHERS: Martyrdom of Polycarp Mike Aquilina’s website Mike Aquilina – The Fathers of the Church Mike Aquilina’s books catholicbooksdirect.com/collections/all