Visiting Assistant Professor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology Nathan Chase PhD recently published his work during his time at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
The Homiliae Toletanae and the Theology of Lent and Easter discusses the need for a shift in methodology within the field of liturgical studies away from the missal and other dominant sources. It also calls for a greater appreciation of the Western non-Roman liturgical traditions. As such, it serves as a model for future historical work.
“I think this book is important because in liturgical studies we tend to focus on official and rather central liturgical texts like the missal and lectionary. We often do not look at less central texts like collections of homilies etc.” says Dr. Chase. “These are important, however, because they presumably shed some light on the issues the local church is facing in a particular period (at least as the clergy see it), but also the theology contained in the liturgical celebration.”
The source that provides the basis for this study is the Homiliae Toletanae (British Library, Add. 30853), a homiliary for Mass found in the Hispano-Mozarabic Rite. This study looks at the Lenten homilies found within that collection in order to supplement what is already known about the Lenten practices of late Visigothic and early Mozarabic Spain.
When asked what Dr. Chase wants readers to take away from his text, he responded that he wanted them to understand: “The development of the liturgy is complex. Lent in particular has had a long history with different theological emphases rising up over time. The liturgy was not given to us on a silver tray, but has undergone a long process of development that has been shaped by human hands.”