|Author||Aleni, Giulio 艾儒略, 1582-1649|
|Pub. Location||Fuzhou 福州||Publisher||Jingjiaotang 景教堂|
|Date||1629||Phys. Desc.||CD-ROM (2 juan, [23 p.] in one vol.|
|Location||Digital Archives||Call Number||CD2|
|[二卷] / Ai Rulue shu 艾儒畧述.|
Treatise dealing with the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist. “In his Misa jiyi Aleni had developed (supposedly on European models) an allegorical explanation of the successive parts of the Mass, which symbolically represented the mysteries of Jesus’ life from his Incarnation to the Last Judgement.”--Cf. Standaert, Handbook of Christianity in China, v. 1, pp. 624-625.
Full text online of Borg. Cin. 365 ed. at HKCDA site.
Citation: Albert Chan, S.J. Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 127.
JapSin I, 75
Mi-sa chi-i [Misa jiyi] 彌撒祭義
By Ai Ju-lüeh (Ai Rulüe 艾儒略, Giulio Aleni, 1582–1649).
Two juan. Chinese bamboo paper in one volume. Printed by the Catholic Church of Fuzhou 福州 (Fukien). No date of publication (preface of 1629).
The cover bears a label with the title and a Latin inscription: “Sacrifici Missae explicatio a p. Julio Aleni, S.J.”
The center of the title page gives the title with the name of author on the right and the place of publication on the left. The verso of this folio gives the author’s name together with the names of the censors: Shih Pai-tu (Shi Baidu 史百度), Fei Ch’i-kuei (Fei Qigui 費奇規, Gaspar Ferreira) and Fei Lo-te (Fei Lede 費樂德, Rui de Figueiredo). The name Shih Pai-tu does not appear in Pfister. Among the Jesuits in China in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the only one bearing the family name Shih was Pierre Van Spiere (De Spira), who died in 1628. His Chinese name was Shih Wei-chen (Shi Wezhen 史維貞, zi Yilan 一覽). Since he was a fellow missioner of Aleni and a fellow prisoner with him in Canton in 1611, it is very probable that he was the man. Like Vagnone and Semedo he may have had a different Chinese name before and after the Nanking persecution (1616), cf. Pfister, pp. 147–149.
Juan A consists of a preface (six folios), a table of contents (one folio) and the main text (thirty-two folios). Juan B contains a general introduction (one folio), a table of contents (two and one-half folios) and the main text (thirty folios). Juan A is a general introduction to the Mass and juan B deals with the liturgy of the Mass.
The preface of Aleni is dated 1629 (Chongzhen 2). At the end there are three seals: Yesuhuishi 耶穌會士, one with the emblem of the Society of Jesus and another of the Ching-chiao t’ang [Jingjiaotang yin 景教堂印 ].
Cf. Pfister, p. 132; Courant 7277–7281.