Excerpt #8 — Jeffrey Richards on Historical Liturgical Scholarship

An amusing little bit I wanted to leave here — amusing because it is so very accurate:

Liturgical history is pure scholarship: painstakingly detailed, extremely technical, highly esoteric and compulsively fascinating. Its practitioners, like the initiates of an ancient mystery cult, pour the fruits of their researches into learned journals with splendidly arcane titles like Ephemerides Liturgicae and Sacris Erudiri. It is hard for a mere layman to penetrate these mysteries […] [Jeffrey Richards, Consul of God: The Life and Times of Gregory the Great (Boston, MA: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980), 119]

Now, back to work for me.

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