Reviving Sacred Speech: The Meaning of Liturgical Language

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  • ISBN-13: 9781878009364
  • Publisher: Order of Saint Luke
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 178

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1. Liturgical Language as Speech 1
Rhetoric 1
Metaphor 7
Liturgy as Metaphoric Rhetoric 9
Second Thoughts 11
2. Liturgical Language as Sacred 15
The Sacred 15
The Sacred in Christianity 16
Christian Rhetoric 19
Christian Metaphor 21
Second Thoughts 23
3. The Paradox of "Sacred Speech" 27
Mystics 27
Theologians 31
Yes-No-Yes 32
Second Thoughts 36
4. Names for God 41
Person 1 The Prayer of Thanksgiving 41
Person 2 The Gloria in Excelsis 48
Person 3 The Epiclesis 53
The Trinity: The Aaronic Blessing 56
New Names? 58
Second Thoughts 60
5. Metaphors for God 66
Person 1 The Morning Psalm 66
Person 2 The Agnus Dei 69
Person 3 "Veni Creator Spiritus" 72
Verbs as Metaphors: "Veni Sancte Spiritus" 75
Feminine Metaphors 76
Second Thoughts 79
6. Sacred Speech about Time 82
Christian Time 82
The Lord's Day: The Sunday Preface 84
The Year: The Exsultet 86
The Day: The Nunc Dimittis 92
Second Thoughts 95
7. Sacred Speech about Place 100
Holy Place 100
Christian Place Named 104
Christian Place Implied: The Kyrie 105
Christian Place Transformed: The Sanctus 107
Second Thoughts 109
8. Sacred Speech about Objects 114
Holy Things 114
Bread and Wine 118
The Altar 121
Water for Baptism 123
The Font 125
Second Thoughts 126
9. Sacred Speech about the Assembly 131
Death and Ashes 132
Alive in the Spirit through Baptism 134
With the Needy: The Intercessory Prayer 136
With the Saints: The Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene 137
Second Thoughts 141
10. Learning Sacred Speech 146
The Child: Abba, Amen 146
The Adult: The Nicene Creed 148
The Assembly and the Lectionary 151
The Preacher: The Liturgical Homily 154
Second Thoughts 158
Conclusion 163
Notes 168
A Second-Thoughts Bibliography 177
Liturgical Texts 178
Index 179
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