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The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist
By Fr. James T. O'Connor
In this in-depth study, Fr. O'Connor lets the breadth and richness of the Church's Tradition speak for itself. He presents and comments on substantial excerpts from the major sources of the Church's Tradition extending all the way back to apostolic times. Focusing on the doctrine of the Real Presence, he follows the earliest witnesses through the challenge in the Middle Ages of Berengarius to the Protestant Reformation and modern disputes.
Both historically and theologically, the author treats the Real Presence, Transubstantiation, the Eucharist as pledge and foretaste of heaven, as sacrifice, as the Sacrament of Sacraments. He also shows the relationship between the Eucharist and the Church and the Eucharist and Our Lady.The great theologians and Fathers of the Church that O'Connor draws upon include St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenaeus, St. Jerome, St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Ambrose, St. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Paul VI, and John Paul II.
The Hidden Manna has become a classic on Eucharistic teaching. Now in a new second edition, accompanied by a new introduction by Fr. Kenneth Baker, a new preface from the author, new material from John Paul II, and the original foreword by Cardinal John O'Connor, this in-depth study lets the breadth and richness of the Church's Tradition speak for itself.
Fr. O'Connor presents and comments on substantial excerpts from the major sources of the Church's Tradition extending all the way back to apostolic times. Focusing on the doctrine of the Real Presence, he follows the earliest witnesses through the challenge in the Middle Ages of Berengarius through the Protestant Reformation and modern disputes.
“Father James O'Connor gives us nothing less than a comprehensive study of the Church's meditation on the Mystery of the Eucharist... The Hidden Manna is a superb work.”
—Cardinal John O’Connor
“...We owe a debt of gratitude to Fr. James O’Connor for writing this beautiful treatise on ‘the Sacrament of Sacraments’. The Hidden Manna is a remarkable accomplishment of Catholic scholarship.”
—Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
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