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THE ELEVATION OF THE HOST: A REACTION TO TWELFTH CENTURY HERESY

THE ELEVATION OF THE HOST: A REACTION TO TWELFTH CENTURY HERESY

GRANT, S.J., GERARD G. (St. Mary’s College, Kansas)

Theological Studies Vol.1 (1940)

Abstract

This essay offers a somewhat novel interpretation of the origin of the major elevation in the Roman liturgy.The question has been gone into rather exhaustively in recent years; several monographs and numerous articles in the reviews have dealt with the history of the rite, and a reexamination might seem superfluous. But it so happens that none of the explanations so far offered by the liturgical historians is particularly convincing. Ingenious as have been some of the rea- sons proposed for the introduction of the rite, all of them leave pressing questions unanswered. More peculiar still, none of the liturgists who have dealt with the problem has recognized any connection between the elevation and the heresies that flourished contemporary with its introduction into the Mass.

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