A Precious Fountain

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A defining example of liturgical ethnography, A Precious Fountain probes the rich particularity of one worshiping community - Our Lady of Lourdes, San Francisco - whose roots and practice are at once Black and Catholic. Accounts of actual worship services, with perceptive commentary by community members, offer the reader a rare exploration of African American gospel music in Catholic liturgy. Narrative chapters are intersected by five intermezzi (Time, Space, Words, Flow, Embodiment), which are more reflective/analytic in character, and conclude with an inquiry into the distinctive theological and liturgical understandings embodied in this community's practice. Intended for both scholars and pastoral leaders, this volume forges a path along a new frontier of liturgical studies - the intersection of lived worship and liturgical theology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814662076
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Virgil Michel Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface : on writing liturgical ethnography
Introduction : borderlands
1 "Having a good time in the Lord!" (enjoying worship) 1
2 "I needed that song!" (rhythms of life and liturgy) 16
3 "Take your time!" (musicians and their craft) 30
Intermezzo : time 43
4 "I've been a guest of the almighty!" (Brother Banks) 52
5 Lourdes' miracles (growing up in the church) 68
6 "When I hear my savior say, 'welcome home!'" (being home) 82
Intermezzo : space 97
7 "It's about a message!" (singing the gospel) 106
8 "Preach it!" (an oral/aural art) 119
9 "Lord, help me to hold out!" (mosaics of sound and meaning) 134
Intermezzo : words 144
10 "Having church" (being church) 153
11 "Lord, let your spirit fall on me!" (spirit-directed worship) 168
12 "Oh, Lord, how excellent!" (movement toward communion) 181
Intermezzo : flow 195
13 Rhythms of the body, rhythms of the spirit (a God who loves singing and dancing) 205
14 "Dig down deep!" (women leaders) 220
15 "The spirit incorporates the body" (a vision of communal life) 234
Intermezzo : embodiment 249
Speaking theologically 259
Epilogue : Our Lady of Lourdes - 2003 272
App. 1 Table of "coded speech" to indicate the inflection of aural sound 281
App. 2 Diagrams of the worship space 282
App. 3 Order of the Sunday liturgy : Our Lady at Lourdes 285
App. 4 Glossary of musical terms 287
App. 5 Our Lady of Lourdes - songs sung at Sunday liturgy August, 1993-August, 1997 294
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