Bright Wednesday and Feast of Pharmuthios the Anchorite
Egeria’s Travels (Third Edition) translated with notes by John Wilkinson
SOMEWHERE around the year 400, a devout Spanish nun traveled on a Lenten pilgrimage to the Holy Land, keeping a diary of her journey. That diary has become a priceless witness to us of the fourth century Church’s liturgical practices during Lent and Holy Week. The churches Constantine had built at the places of our Lord’s passion were only two generations old, and their availability as destinations of processions and divine services tended to make the Jerusalem church’s Holy Week and Easter services normative for the rest of the Church. John Wilkinson’s translation is supplemented by a wealth of historical background (two-thirds of the book), including sections on early Christian pilgrimage, historical references to Egeria, schematics of churches in Jerusalem, and a detailed outline of the Jerusalem Liturgy that Egeria would have attended. Egeria wrote to the recipient of her journal entries, “Knowing how pleased you would be to learn what is the ritual observed day by day in the holy places, I considered it my duty to make known to you the details…” Here are details aplenty, and we, too, are “pleased” – and privileged – to learn.
235 pp. paper $39.95
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