I am not sure if this is the correct forum but since it concerns the Sacraments I figured I would try here.
I am current attending Saint Leo University (distance education) and I have to due a research paper for my REL-123 (Foundations of Christian Faith) class. I chose the topic of
“Survey how the seven sacraments developed, giving dates and reasons.”
I am trying to find some books and journals to start my research. Can anyone give me some titles or point me in the right direction?
Thanks and God Bless
I would look at the Catholic Encyclopedia first, often there are references there.
The rites of Christian initiation: their evolution and interpretation
by Maxwell E. Johnson, PhD [minister of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America] (1999, revised in 2007), Liturgical Press, 2007 - 487 pages
Kilian McDonnell, O.S.B., called it “the best overall treatment of Christian initiation available”.
Aidan Kavanagh, Confirmation: Origins and Reform (New York: Pueblo, 1988).
Gerard Austin, Anointing with the Spirit: The Rite of Confirmation (New York: Pueblo, 1985).
Hippolytus’ Apostolic Tradition (earliest Verona edition 215 A.D.) describes this original initiation practice in this order:
bishop makes oil of thanksgiving and oil of exorcism
anointing with oil of exorcism
nude baptism (by triple immersion)
anointing with oil of thanksgiving (then dry and get dressed)
then in the church, bishop says dismissal rite over the neophytes: “Lord God, you have made them worthy to receive remission of sins through the laver of regeneration of the Holy Spirit, etc.”
laying on of hands together with oil
sealing with oil on the forehead
the kiss of peace prayer
Eucharist deacons bring oblation (bread and wine, water, milk, and honey)
the oblation is blessed
the milk and honey are mixed together
the bread is distributed
each tastes of the water, milk, and wine, three times.