Medieval Mass allegory
Obviously, the sacramental theology linking bread, wine, and water to body, blood, and the Spirit goes right back to Ambrose and before; for example, from his "De Mysteriis", chapter 9:

Linking actual ritual movements in the liturgy to the Passion (or Resurrection) is much more difficult, because we do not often have sacramentaries or missals prescribing exact liturgical actions, pre-AD 1000. The Fathers are scanty on it.

One very good Father to search for examples is Cyril of Jerusalem, who gave 5 lectures on the Mass to newly-baptized in AD 347.

Speaking of the initial entrance into the Church, he says in "Catechetical Lecture 19":

Quote:... if God wills, when in the succeeding lectures on the Mysteries we have entered into the Holy of Holies, we shall there know the symbolic meaning of the things which are there performed. Now to God the Father, with the Son and the Holy Ghost, be glory, and power, and majesty, forever and ever. Amen.

On the rite of Baptism, Catechetical Lecture 20: put off your tunic; and this was an image of putting off the old man with his deeds. Having stripped yourselves, you were naked; in this also imitating Christ, who was stripped naked on the Cross, and by His nakedness put off from Himself the principalities and powers, and openly triumphed over them on the tree. For since the adverse powers made their lair in your members, you may no longer wear that old garment; I do not at all mean this visible one, but the old man, which waxes corrupt in the lusts of deceit. [...] After these things, you were led to the holy pool of Divine Baptism, as Christ was carried from the Cross to the Sepulchre which is before our eyes.

The primary allegory begins in Lectures 22 & 23, but in the end he's mostly just explaining the theology, not the ritual acts.

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Medieval Mass allegory - by loggats - 04-01-2014, 07:44 PM
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