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Designed as a general introduction to Christian liturgy, this book explores the meaning, history, and practice of worship in Eastern and Western, Catholic and Protestant traditions. Its chapters cover the theology of worship, the historical development of Eucharist and the Prayer Offices, the lectionary and customs of the church year, other sacramental rites, and the use of music and the arts. As such, it is a perfect textbook for students seeking to understand the basics of liturgical worship, as well as a reliable guide for worship leaders.
Frank C. Senn is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Evanston, Illinois, and has served as president of both the Liturgical Conference and the North American Academy of Liturgy. His many Fortress Press books include Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical (1997), New Creation: Elements of a Liturgical Worldview (2000), and The Peoples Work A Social History of the Liturgy (2006).
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is Pastoral Liturgies?
Liturgy-A Practical Science
Why do we worship?
What is liturgy?
What does it mean to do liturgy "decently and in order"?
How do we discern meaning in liturgy?
How is the people's work the work of God?
History and Culture
What are the main periods of liturgical history?
What characterizes liturgy in each of these periods?
How does liturgy relate to culture in each of these periods?
What are the strategies of relating liturgy to culture?
How does inculturation work?
The Principal Order of Service
What are the names of the principal order of service?
How did this order develop throughout history?
What is the lectionary and how does it work?
What are the parts of a eucharistic prayer?
What is the difference between a "High Mass" and a "Low Mass"?
The Liturgy of Time
What does it mean to sanctify time?
Where did the liturgy of the hours come from?
What's the difference between cathedral and monastic prayer offices?
How did the liturgy of the hours develop throughout history?
How might daily prayer offices become daily once again?
The Church-Year Calendar
What is the fixed day of Christian worship?
What are the principal festivals and seasons?
What are the lesser festivals, days of devotion, and commemorations?
What do we do the rest of the time?
What is the difference between a feast and a fast?
The Church Year: Advent through Lent
Advent: Why do we begin at the end?
Christmas: What are the options for celebration?
The Epiphany: What are the riches of the observance?
Time after the Epiphany: Is there an Epiphany season?
Ash Wednesday and Lent: How do we practice penitence and catechesis?
The Church Year: Holy Week
How did the rites of Holy Week develop?
Palm/Passion Sunday: What is the relationship between palms and the passion?
Maundy Thursday: What is the relationship between foot washing and the Lord's Supper?
Good Friday: What is the difference between liturgy and paraliturgical devotions?
Holy Saturday: How might the Great Vigil be structured?
The Church Year: Easter and Beyond
Easter: How can a fifty-day celebration be maintained?
Pentecost: What happens on "the last and great day" of the feast?
Time after Pentecost: Should lesser festivals replace Sundays?
The Sanctoral Cycle: How do we commemorate the faithful departed?
Christ the King: How does the church year end?
How does the church make new Christians?
How do Christians affirm and live out their baptism?
How does the church make ministers?
How does the church solemnize marriages?
How does the church militant transfer members to the church triumphant?
The Liturgical Arts
What are "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs"?
How are hymns and other music selected for worship?
What is the role of bells?
How is the liturgical space arranged?
What do ministers wear for the liturgy?
Participation in Worship
How is the body used in worship?
What are some standard ceremonies in the Western liturgical tradition?
How do processions facilitate popular participation?
What should the people have to support their participation?
How are children formed into the liturgy?
Afterword: In Lieu of a Bibliography of Current Denominational Worship Books
Chronology of Events and Documents
Glossary of Liturgical Terms
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