CULTURE AND LITURGY by Brian Wicker

CULTURE AND LITURGY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is an effort to show how the liturgy, the cultural inheritance of the whole community of the faithful, can be effectively manifested to the world and actually be seen for what it is. The author shows how believing that the administrative organization is the essential Church obscures the reality of how the liturgical assembly is what really makes human society encounterable in the world. The analysis of how this might be done is convincing though excessively British in its approach. As an effort to show how the Church has a positive contribution to make to the world, the author stresses the importance of the idea of culture and particularly literature as standing midway between the insights of the theologian and the purely practical problems facing the average man. He makes an effective case for opening a society's culture to these aspects of reality so as to make it vigorous and fruitful. Liturgy is seen here as the mediatrix between the theoretic and the practical. This is a different kind of book which should provoke considerable discussion in Church and ecclesiastical circles.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1964
Publisher: Sheed & Ward