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Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology

Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology

by Gordon Lathrop (Editor)Gordon Lathrop (Editor)
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Cyril of Jerusalem wrote about "holy things." He thereby reflected the communion invitation used in his fourth-century liturgy to call people to "taste and see that the Lord is good" (Mystagogical Catecheses).

The present times call for strong and healthy symbols that hold people into hope. The Christian communities need a reintroduction into the ways in which liturgical symbols respond to human need. Indeed, Lathrop argues, Christian communities continually need to reconsider the meaning of their liturgies and reform those liturgies toward authentic clarity.

In its three parts, this book (1) proposes that an ecumenical pattern or ordo of worship can be discerned which is also a pattern of meaning, (2) discusses the ways in which meaning occurs in the meeting for worship itself, and (3) draws practical conclusions about the organization of that meeting and its importance to current human need.

Throughout, Lathrop undertakes to do theology, that is, to say what the liturgy actually says about God.

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ISBN-13: 9780800631314
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Gordon W. Lathrop has taught liturgy at Wartburg Theological Seminary, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Yale Divinity School, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. His books from Fortress Press include the trilogy Holy Ground (2003), Holy People (1999), and Holy Things (1993), as well as The Four Gospels on Sunday (2012) and The Pastor (2006). He is also the author of Central Things (Worship Matters, 2005).

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