This is another of those books from my library that is not for everyone – unless you are a liturgical history tragic like myself, that is.
This book by Paul Bradshaw and Maxwell Johnson examines the historical development of the major feasts of the Church’s year, and the liturgical seasons that often accompany them, in great historical detail drawing on the very latest of scholar research.
From the back cover:
The liturgical year is a relatively modern invention. The term itself only came into use in the late sixteenth century. In antiquity, Christians did not view the various festivals and fasts that they experienced as a unified whole. Instead, the different seasons formed a number of completely unrelated cycles and tended to overlap and conflict with one another.
Drawing upon the latest research, the authors track the development of the Church’s feasts, fasts and seasons, including the Sabbath and Sunday, Holy Week and Easter, Christmas and Epiphany, and the feasts of the Virgin Mary, the martyrs and other saints.