Missa Est!: A Missional Liturgical Ecclesiology

Missa Est!: A Missional Liturgical Ecclesiology

by Eugene Schlesinger


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The twenty-first-century church cannot afford to neglect mission. When church and culture no longer share a common outlook, the only way forward is mission. Pope Francis recognizes this in his call for a missionary conversion of the church. Responding to this invitation, is a constructive work in ecclesiology addressing the relationship between liturgy and mission in the church's life. It advances a notion of the church grounded in both liturgy and mission, where neither is subordinated to nor collapsed into the other. The church's liturgical rites disclose and enact the church's identity as a missionary community.

Close examination of the sources at the heart of traditional communion ecclesiology: Trinitarian theology, the sacraments of initiation, and eucharistic theology, yields an ecclesiology in which the church is constituted by both liturgy and mission. These are two distinct ways of participating in the triune life of God, which is revealed in the paschal mystery. The church's pilgrimage to God's kingdom takes it through the world in mission. The church, as the body of Christ, is given away to God and to the world, for the world's salvation. The result is a contemporary restatement of traditional ecclesiology, transposed into a missional key.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506423340
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Series: Emerging Scholars
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introit: An Introduction xiii

Abbreviations xxix

Part I The Missio Dei: Mission as Redemptive Activity in the World

1 "A Church in Departure": The Nature of the Church's Mission 3

2 Sæcula Sæculorum: Mission to the World as Ecclesial Necessity 27

3 Missio Dei as Paschal Mystery 49

Part II The Paschal Mystery: Liturgy as Redemptive Activity in the Church

4 Baptized into Christ's Death: Christian Initiation as Missional Vocation 89

5 The Eucharist: Sacrifice as Communion 105

6 The Eucharist: Sacrifice as Mission 137

Part III Kingdom Come: Mission as the End of Liturgy, Eschatology as the End of Both

7 By Him, with Him, and in Him: Mission in the Eucharistic Prayer 153

8 A Church "in Arrival": The Missional Church in Time and Eternity 183

Ite, MissaEst! A "Conclusion" 201

Select Bibliography 209

Index 259

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