On Saturday 15 January 2022 Professor John Morrill will lead a study day on ‘The Evolution of the Mass’, tracing the development of the Eucharistic liturgy from the earliest centuries to the present day.

The New Testament provides copious evidence of the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, and second century writings witness to all the elements we find in the Mass of today. The priest prays: ‘May your sacrifice and mine be acceptable’, but what is being sacrificed, how and why? This study day will trace the evolution of the Mass, highlighting the teaching of the Council of Trent and of the Second Vatican Council, which renewed the liturgy and introduced vernacular language, allowing the full participation of the whole people of God. The survey will conclude with reference to the latest papal instructions on the Mass.

Professor John Morrill, a professional historian for 50 years, and a permanent deacon for 25 years, will tell the story of the Mass from the beginnings to the present day.

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