Introduction to Christian Liturgy

Introduction to Christian Liturgy

by Frank C. Senn

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ISBN-13: 9780800698850
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Pastoral Liturgies? 1

Chapter 1 Liturgy-A Practical Science 3

1 Why do we worship? 3

2 What is liturgy? 5

3 What does it mean to do liturgy "decently and in order"? 6

4 How do we discern meaning in liturgy? 10

5 How is the people's work the work of God? 13

Chapter 2 History and Culture 17

1 What are the main periods of liturgical history? 17

2 What characterizes liturgy in each of these periods? 24

3 How does liturgy relate to culture in each of these periods? 31

4 What are the strategies of relating liturgy to culture? 38

5 How does inculturation work? 40

Chapter 3 The Principal Order of Service 43

1 What are the names of the principal order of service? 43

2 How did this order develop throughout history? 44

3 What is the lectionary and how does it work? 64

4 What are the parts of a eucharistic prayer? 67

5 What is the difference between a "High Mass" and a "Low Mass"? 71

Chapter 4 The Liturgy of Time 75

1 What does it mean to sanctify time? 75

2 Where did the liturgy of the hours come from? 76

3 What's the difference between cathedral and monastic prayer offices? 78

4 How did the liturgy of the hours develop throughout history? 81

5 How might daily prayer offices become daily once again? 94

Chapter 5 The Church-Year Calendar 97

1 What is the fixed day of Christian worship? 97

2 What are the principal festivals and seasons? 99

3 What are the lesser festivals, days of devotion, and commemorations? 102

4 What do we do the rest of the time? 104

5 What is the difference between a feast and a fast? 104

Chapter 6 The Church Year: Advent through Lent 107

1 Advent: Why do we begin at the end? 107

2 Christmas: What are the options for celebration? 113

3 The Epiphany: What are the riches of the observance? 119

4 Time after the Epiphany: Is there an Epiphany season? 122

5 Ash Wednesday and Lent: How do we practice penitence and catechesis? 123

Chapter 7 The Church Year: Holy Week 127

1 How did the rites of Holy Week develop? 127

2 Palm/Passion Sunday: What is the relationship between palms and the passion? 130

3 Maundy Thursday: What is the relationship between foot washing and the Lord's Supper? 131

4 Good Friday: What is the difference between liturgy and paraliturgical devotions? 133

5 Holy Saturday: How might the Great Vigil be structured? 136

Chapter 8 The Church Year: Easter and Beyond 141

1 Easter: How can a fifty-day celebration be maintained? 141

2 Pentecost: What happens on "the last and great day" of the feast? 144

3 Time after Pentecost: Should lesser festivals replace Sundays? 145

4 The Sanctoral Cycle: How do we commemorate the faithful departed? 148

5 Christ the King: How does the church year end? 154

Chapter 9 Life Passages 157

1 How does the church make new Christians? 157

2 How do Christians affirm and live out their baptism? 164

3 How does the church make ministers? 167

4 How does the church solemnize marriages? 169

5 How does the church militant transfer members to the church triumphant? 172

Chapter 10 The Liturgical Arts 177

1 What are "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs"? 177

2 How are hymns and other music selected for worship? 182

3 What is the role of bells? 183

4 How is the liturgical space arranged? 184

5 What do ministers wear for the liturgy? 186

Chapter 11 Participation in Worship 189

1 How is the body used in worship? 189

2 What are some standard ceremonies in the Western liturgical tradition? 195

3 How do processions facilitate popular participation? 200

4 What should the people have to support their participation? 204

5 How are children formed into the liturgy? 206

Afterword: In Lieu of a Bibliography of Current Denominational Worship Books 211

Chronology of Events and Documents 213

Glossary of Liturgical Terms 223

Notes 231

Index 241

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