Louis Weil is James F. Hodges Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In his over four decades of teaching he has contributed to several ecumenical dialogues and has lectured on five continents. He is the author of Liturgy for Living, Sacraments and Liturgy: The Outward Signs, Gathered to Pray, and over a hundred articles on liturgy.
Theology of Worshipby Louis Weil
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In this exploration of the foundations of Anglican worship, Louis Weil invites the laity to claim their true baptismal role and serve alongside the ordained as ministers and celebrants of the liturgy. He explains how the contribution of the people of God has steadily diminished over the centuries and why it is necessary to reclaim it today in the midst of Anglicanism's increasing multiculturalism. Since Anglicans are no longer primarily English-speakers worshiping in Gothic cathedrals, Weil challenges us to engage new forms of culture, music, liturgical prayers, and dance in order to renew Anglicanism for the new century.
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The twelfth and final release in the New Church¿s Teaching Series is a volume on worship by Louis Weil, Hodges Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Weil has been a passionate advocate of liturgical reform throughout his distinguished 40-year career as a priest and scholar, and this book serves as an articulate statement of his major concerns: the recovery of a baptismal ecclesiology (instead of a clerical model of the church), the necessity of art and music in worship, and questions of cultural diversity in Anglicanism. Calling for music that is well crafted, liturgical action that fits its function, and pastoral appropriateness to the particular community, Weil reminds us of the Eucharist that the ¿externals used in the performance of this table ritual have varied enormously over the centuries¿ (p.115). Archbishop Cranmer¿s liturgical reforms were quite radical in his day, says Weil, and so tradition need not always be a reactionary or conservative force. The book concludes with a helpful bibliography of resources, as well as a set of questions for discussion. Asking ¿What are some of the reasons you attend church services?¿ may well change the face of the church, and thanks to Weil some will now be doing just that.