Alien Rites?: A Critical Examination of Contemporary English in Anglican Liturgies

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Peter Davies examines some of the issues arising from the recent introduction of contemporary English language into Anglican worship, especially in the authorised liturgy of England and New Zealand. Three key questions are addressed: Are there criteria for worship which are satisfactorily fulfilled by contemporary language? To what extent is the language used in modern liturgies truly contemporary, reflecting its social and cultural milieu? How has the introduction of contemporary language been received by regular Anglican worshippers? Based on a large body of evidence, the author reaches conclusions which are both reassuring and disturbing.
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Table of Contents

1 Worship, liturgy and language 3
2 The arguments for and against the use of contemporary language 28
3 The process of liturgical revision in England and New Zealand 49
4 The basis of traditional language in Anglican liturgy 73
5 Contemporary English in Anglican liturgy 87
6 Surveying the evidence 147
7 What worshippers expect ... and what they find 155
8 Meaning and understanding 171
9 Fear of change 180
10 Conclusion 199
App. A A template for Anglican worship 206
App. B The use of the Maori language in ANZPB/HKMOA 210
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