Bibliography #1:

   Surveys & Introductory Works

 - New Testament
 - Early Christianity
 - Medieval Christianity
 - The Reformation
 - Spirituality & Mysticism
 - Sacraments
 - 20th-Century Theology




#1: Surveys, Intros
#2: Christian Initiation
#3: History of Eucharist
#4: Theology of Eucharist
#5: Other Sacraments
#6: Art & Architecture


 compiled by William Harmless, S.J.

Creighton University 

    1. History of Christian Worship: Surveys & Introductions

    2. Principles of Liturgy: Surveys & Introductions

    3. Essays on Liturgy & Liturgical Theology

    4. Sacramental Theology: Studies

    5. The Liturgical Movement & The Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II

    6. Reference Works





Geoffrey Wainwright & Karen Westerfield-Tucker, eds. The Oxford History of Christian Worship (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).  An excellent comprehensive survey of the history.  The place to start.


Paul F. Bradshaw, The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Paul F. Bradshaw, Early Christian Worship: A Basic Introduction to Ideas and Practice, 2nd ed. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011).

Paul F. Bradshaw, Reconstructing Early Christian Worship (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011).

Anton Baumstark, On the Historical Development of the Liturgy, trans. Fritz West (1923; reissue: Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011). A classic.

John Harper, The Forms and Orders of Western Liturgy from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century: A Historical Introduction for Students and Musicians (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Cheslyn Jones, Geoffrey Wainwright, Edward Yarnold, Paul Bradshaw, eds. The Study of Liturgy, rev. ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Theodor Klauser, A Short History of the Western Liturgy: An Account & Some Reflections, 2nd ed., trans. John Halliburton (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979).

Bernhard Lang, Sacred Games: A History of Christian Worship (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997).

Joseph Martos, Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, rev. ed. (Tarrytown, NY: Ligouri / Triumph Books, 2001).

Marcel Metzger, History of the Liturgy: The Major Stages (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1997).

Eric Palazzo, A History of Liturgical Books: From the Beginning to the Thirteenth Century (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [A Pueblo Book], 1998).

Keith F. Pecklers, Liturgy: The Illustrated History (New York: Paulist Press, 2012).

Frank Senn, Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997).

Frank Senn, The People’s Work: A Social History of the Liturgy (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2006).

Frank C. Senn, Introduction to Christian Liturgy (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012).

Martin D. Stringer, A Sociological History of Christian Worship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Herman Wegman, Christian Worship in East and West: A Study Guide to Liturgical History (New York: Pueblo / Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1985).

James F. White, Roman Catholic Worship: Trent to Today, 2nd ed. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [A Pueblo Book], 2003).

James F. White, A Brief History of Christian Worship (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993).

James F. White, Protestant Worship: Traditions in Transition (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993).

James F. White, Documents of Christian Worship: Descriptive and Interpretative Sources (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1992).





Adolf Adam, Foundations of Liturgy, trans. Matthew O’Connell (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992).

Glenn P. Ambrose, The Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet: Overcoming Onto-Theology with the Sacramental Tradition (Ashgate, 2012).

Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Subversive Spiritualities: How Rituals Enact the World, Oxford Ritual Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Hans Boersma, Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011).

Anscar J. Chupungco, ed., Handbook for Liturgical Studies, 5 vol. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1997-2000).

  • Volume I: Introduction to the Liturgy (1997)

  • Volume II: Fundamental Liturgy (1997)

  • Volume III: The Eucharist (1999)

  • Volume IV: Sacraments and Sacramentals (2000)

  • Volume V: Liturgical Time and Space (2000).

Anscar J. Chupungco, Liturgical Inculturation: Sacramentals, Religiosity, and Catechesis (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press [A Pueblo Book], 1992).

Anscar J. Chupungco, Liturgies of the Future: The Process and Methods of Inculturation (New York: Paulist Press, 1989).

Anscar J. Chupungco, Worship: Progress and Tradition (Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1994).  Note: Original title: Worship: Beyond Inculturation.

Anscar Chupungco, What, Then, Is Liturgy?  Musings and a Memoir (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010).

Yves Congar, At the Heart of Christian Worship: Liturgical Essays of Yves Congar, trans. Paul Philibert (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010).

Antonio Donghi, Words and Gesture in the Liturgy, trans. William McDonough et al. (Liturgical Press, 2009).

David W. Fagerberg, What Is Liturgical Theology? A Study in Methodology (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [A Pueblo Book], 1992).

Massimo Faggioli, True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [Pueblo Books], 2012).

Ronald L. Grimes, Rite Out of Place: Ritual, Media, and the Arts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Ronald L. Grimes, The Craft of Ritual Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) paperback, $30. NEW.

Kevin W. Irwin, Context and Text: Method in Liturgical Theology (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1994).

Kevin W. Irwin, Liturgical Theology: A Primer, American Essays in Liturgy (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1990).

Maxwell E. Johnson, Praying and Believing in Early Christianity: The Interplay between Christian Worship and Doctrine (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013) paperback, $20. NEW.

Aidan Kavanagh, On Liturgical Theology (New York: Pueblo Books / Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992).

Aidan Kavanagh, Elements of Rite: A Handbook of Liturgical Style (New York: Pueblo, 1982).

Edward Kilmartin, Christian Liturgy: Theology and Practice (Kansas City: Sheed & Ward, 1988).

Gordon W. Lathrop, Holy Ground: A Liturgical Cosmology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003).

Gordon W. Lathrop, Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993).

Gordon W. Lathrop, Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999).

Aimé Georges Martimort, The Church at Prayer: An Introduction to the Liturgy, trans. Matthew J. O’Connell, 4 vol. (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1988).

Lawrence E. Mick, Worshipping Well (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1997).

Nathan D. Mitchell, Meeting Mystery: Liturgy, Worship, Sacraments, Theology in Global Perspective series (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007).

Bruce T. Morrill, Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory: Political and Liturgical Theology in Dialogue (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000).

Bruce T. Morrill, Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010).

Gail Rawshaw, Christian Worship: 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Rituals (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009).

Don E. Saliers, Worship as Theology: Foretaste of Divine Glory (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994)

Don E. Saliers, Worship Come to Its Senses (Nashville: Abingdon, 1996).

Alexander Schmemann, Introduction to Liturgical Theology, trans. Asheleigh E. Moorhouse, 3rd ed. (reprint: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1997).

Frank C. Senn, New Creation: Elements of a Liturgical Worldview (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000).

Dennis C. Smolarski, Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practices (New York:  Paulist Press, 1995).

Bryan D. Spinks, The Place of Christ in Liturgical Prayer: Christology, Trinity, and Liturgical Theology (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008).

Robert F. Taft, Beyond East and West: Problems in Liturgical Understanding, 2nd revised and enlarged ed. (Rome: Pontifical Oriental Institute, 1997).

Thomas Talley, Worship: Reforming Tradition (Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1990).

David Torevell, Losing the Sacred: Ritual, Modernity, and Liturgical Reform (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000).

Geoffrey Wainwright, Worship with One Accord: Where Liturgy and Ecumenism Embrace (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life: A Systematic Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980).

James F. White, An Introduction to Christian Worship, 3rd ed. (Nashville: Abingdon, 2001).

Susan J. White, The Spirit of Worship: The Liturgical Tradition, Traditions of Christian Spirituality (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2000).





Neil Alexander, ed., Time and Community: In Honor of Thomas J. Talley (Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1990).

E. Byron Anderson & Bruce T. Morrill, eds., Liturgy and the Moral Self: Humanity at Full Stretch: Essays in Honor of Don E. Saliers (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press [A Pueblo Book], 1998).

John Baldovin, Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009).

Michael H. Barnes & William P. Roberts, eds., A Sacramental Life: A Festschrift honoring Bernard Cooke (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2003).

Teresa Berger and Bryan D. Spinks, ed., The Spirit in Worship – Worship in the Spirit (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009).

Paul Bradshaw & Bryan Spinks, eds., Liturgy in Dialogue: Essays in Memory of Ronald Jasper (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1995).

Paul Bradshaw & John Melloh, eds., Foundations in Ritual Studies: A Reader for Students of Christian Worship (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007).

E. Carr, ed., Eulogema: Studies in Honor of Robert Taft, SJ, Studia Anselmiana 110 (Rome: Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo, 1993)

Mark R. Francis, Keith F. Pecklars, eds. Liturgy for the New Millennium: A Commentary on the Revised Sacramentary: Essays in Honor of Anscar J. Chupungco (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000).

Jerome M. Hall, ed., We Have the Mind of Christ: The Holy Spirit and Liturgical Memory in the Thought of Edward J. Kilmartin (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001).

Gabe Huck, ed., Toward Ritual Transformation: Remembering Robert W. Hovda (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003).

Anne Y. Koester, ed., Liturgy and Justice: To Worship God in Spirit and Truth (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002).

Nathan D. Mitchell, Liturgy and the Social Sciences, American Essays in Liturgy (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999).

Nathan Mitchell & John Baldovin, ed., Rule of Prayer, Rule of Faith: Essays in Honor of Aidan Kavanagh (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1996).

Bruce T. Morrill, ed., Bodies of Worship: Explorations in Theory and Practice (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000).

Joanne M. Pierce & Michael Downey, eds., Source and Summit: Commemorating Josef A. Jungmann, S.J. (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999).

Don E. Saliers, E. Byron Anderson, Bruce Morrill, ed., Liturgy and the Moral Self: Humanity at Full Stretch before God (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002).

Janet Roland Walton, Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice, American Essays in Liturgy (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000).

Dwight W. Vogel, ed., Primary Sources of Liturgical Theology (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Theology, 2000).

Fritz West, The Comparative Liturgy of Anton Baumstark, Alcuin / GROW Liturgical Study 31 (Bramcote: Grove Books, 1995).





Herbert Vorgrimler, Sacramental Theology, trans. Linda M. Maloney (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992).  Before Vatican II, sacramenta in genere was a fundamental area of theological reflection; since the Council, it has been somewhat overshadowed by so-
called liturgical theology.  However, this volume, by one of Karl Rahner’s colleagues,
offers a fine overview of key issues & doctrines.


Louis-Marie Chauvet, Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Existence, trans. P.  Madigan & M. Beaumont (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1995). 
A difficult, but important and quite influential work.  It offers what might be termed a postmodern sacramental theology.


David Aers, Sanctifying Signs: Making Christian Tradition in Late Medieval England (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004).

Kimberly Hope Belcher, Effacious Engagement: Sacramental Participation in the Trinitarian Mystery (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011).

Philippe Bordeyne and Bruce Morrill, SJ, eds., Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God: Engaging the Fundamental Theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008).

David Brown, God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Louis-Marie Chauvet, The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001).

Regis A. Duffy, “Sacraments in General,” pp. 183-210, in Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, ed. Francis Schüssler Fiorenza & John P Galvin (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991).

James Empereur & Eduardo Fernández, La Vida Sacra: A Contemporary Hispanic Sacramental Theology (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).

Peter Fink, “Sacramental Theology after Vatican II,” A New Dictionary of Sacramental Theology (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1990), 1107-1114.

Alexandre Ganoczy, An Introduction to Catholic Sacramental Theology (New York: Paulist Press, 1984). 

Michael G. Lawler, Symbol & Sacrament: A Contemporary Sacramental Theology (Omaha: Creighton University Press, 1995).

Bernard J. Lee, ed., Alternative Futures for Worship, 7 vol. (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1987):

  • Volume 1: Regis Duffy, ed., General Introduction

  • Volume 2: Mark Searle, ed., Baptism and Confirmation

  • Volume 3: Bernard Lee, ed., Eucharist

  • Volume 4: Peter E. Fink, ed., Reconciliation

  • Volume 5: Bernard Cooke, ed., Christian Marriage

  • Volume 6: Michael A. Cowan, Leadership Ministry in Community

  • Volume 7: Peter E. Fink, ed., Anointing of the Sick

Kenan B. Osborne, Sacramental Theology: A General Introduction (New York: Paulist Press, 1988).

Kenan B. Osborne, Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World: A Theology for the Third Millennium (New York: Paulist Press, 2000).

David N. Power, Sacrament: The Language of God’s Giving (New York: Crossroad, 1999).

David Powers, Unsearchable Riches: The Symbolic Nature of the Liturgy (New York: Pueblo, 1984).

Karl Rahner, The Church and the Sacraments, Quaestiones disputae 9 (New York: Herder & Herder, 1963).  Rahner here explores the idea of the Church as the primordial sacrament.

Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. 4: More Recent Writings (New York: Crossroad, 1966).  His essay “The Theology of the Symbol,” shatters the old philosophic deadlock opposing the symbolic and the real.

John P. Schanz, Introduction to the Sacraments (New York: Pueblo, 1983).

Edward Schillebeeckx, Christ the Sacrament of the Encounter with God, trans. Paul Barrett (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1963).  One of the breakthrough theological texts influencing Vatican II.

Dennis Smolarski, Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice (New York: Paulist Press, 1995)





Louis Bouyer, Liturgical Piety (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1955).

Annibale Bugnini, The Reform of the Liturgy 1948-1975 (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1990).

Kathleen A. Cahalan, ed., Formed in the Image of Christ: The Sacramental-Moral Theology of Bernard Haring, C.SS.R. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [A Michael Glazier Book], 2004).

Odo Casel, The Mystery of Christian Worship, Milestones in Catholic Theology (New York: Crossroad, 1999).  One of the classics by a leader of the Liturgical Movement.

Odo Casel, The Mystery of Christ Made Present: Selected Texts for the Christian Year (New York: Fordham University Press, 1999).

J.D. Crichton, Lights in Darkness: Forerunners of the Liturgical Movement (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1996).

Andre Haquin, "The Liturgical Movement and Catholic Ritual Revision," in The Oxford History of Christian Worship, ed. Geoffrey Wainwright and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 696-720.

John R.K. Fenwick & Brian Spinks, Worship in Transition: The Liturgical Movement in the Twentieth Century (New York: Continuum, 1995).

R.W. Franklin, “The Nineteenth-Century Liturgical Movement,” Worship (1979) 12-39.

Massimo Faggioli, True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press [A Pueblo Book], 2012).

Kevin W. Irwin, What We Have Done, What We Have Failed to Do: Assessing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II (New York: Paulist Press, 2014) paperback, $25. NEW.

Keith F. Pecklers, The Unread Vision: The Liturgical Movement in the United States of America, 1926-1955 (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1998).

Keith Pecklers, “Ressourcement and the Renewal of Catholic Liturgy: Celebrating the New Rite,” in Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 318-332.

Joanne M. Pierce & Michael Downey, eds., Source and Summit: Commemorating Josef A. Jungmann, S.J. (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999).

Marini Piero, A Challenging Reform: Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewal, 1963-1975  eds. John R. Page & Keith F. Pecklers (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007).

Michael Woods, Cultivating Soil and Soul: Twentieth-Century Catholic Agrarians Embrace the Liturgical Movement (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010)..





Paul Bradshaw, ed., New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2003).

Peter Fink, ed., A New Dictionary of Sacramental Theology (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1990).



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