A Guide to the Lord’s Table by Patrick Henry Reardon

A Guide to the Lord’s Table

Catholics and the Eucharist: A Scriptural Introduction
by Stephen B. Clark
Ann Arbor, Michigan: Servant Publications, 2000
(274 pages; $11.99, paper)

reviewed by Patrick Henry Reardon

Near the end of Catholics and the Eucharist, Stephen Clark justly comments: “Contemporary scholarly writings on the liturgy and the Eucharist contain much that is valuable, but they do not provide much helpful introductory material.” It was apparently this deficiency that Clark intended to address, and he has done so in abundance, providing what this reviewer regards as the finest effort of its kind.

Clark’s approach to the subject, as indicated in the book’s subtitle, is entirely scriptural. While any number of theologians have spoken of the “liturg . . .