Teach Us to Pray: The Lord's Prayer, Catechesis, and Ritual Reform in the Sixteenth Century

Teach Us to Pray: The Lord's Prayer, Catechesis, and Ritual Reform in the Sixteenth Century

by Katharine Mahon


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The study of liturgical reform is usually undertaken through a close examination of liturgical texts. In order to consider the impact of reform on the worship life of Christians, Katharine Mahon takes a wider view of liturgy by considering the worship practices of Christian churches beyond what appears in the rites themselves. Looking at how Christians were taught how to pray and instructed in liturgical and sacramental participation, Mahon explores the late medieval patterns of Christian ritual formation and the transformation of these patterns in the sixteenth-century reforms of Martin Luther, Thomas Cranmer, and Roman Catholic leaders. She uses the Lord’s Prayer—the backbone of medieval lay catechesis, liturgical participation, and private prayer—to paint a panorama of medieval ritual formation integrated into the life of the church in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She then follows the disintegration and reconstruction of that system of formation through the changing functions of the Lord’s Prayer in the official reforms of catechesis, liturgy, and prayer in the sixteenth-century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978706842
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Katharine Mahon is academic advisor and Burke, Hofman, Kolman Postdoctoral Fellow in the First Year of Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Lord’s Prayer: A Lens into a Ritual System
Chapter 2 The Ritual Functions of the Lord’s Prayer in Medieval Patterns of Christian Formation
Chapter 3 Reritualizing Catechesis: The Lord’s Prayer in Reformation Catechisms
Chapter 4 Reritualizing Liturgical Participation: The Lord’s Prayer in Reformation Liturgy
Chapter 5 Teaching How to Pray: Reritualizing Lay Private Prayer
Conclusion: Reforming Ritual and Reritualizing Christian Formation

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