THE LITURGICAL RENEWAL OF THE CHURCH by Massey Hamilton- Ed. Shepherd

THE LITURGICAL RENEWAL OF THE CHURCH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Throughout the Christian Church, beginning first in the Roman Catholic communion in Europe, but by no means confined there, there has been at work a restoration and renewal of the shape and meaning of the liturgical worship of the church. The Roman Catholic Church is learning that the more their people understand the Mass, because they understand the language, the deeper their devotional experience is likely to be; the Protestant Church is learning not to be afraid of the older forms of corporate worship and the richness of ancient liturgical language and symbol because of mediaeval, historical distortion, and slowly there is growing a mutual realization that there is a true and early way of understanding and interpreting the Holy Communion as a real presence of a past event in on- going time which may well bridge the gap between the Catholic and Reformation Churches. This book is a collection of essays by priests of the Protestant Episcopal Church, the Rev. Theodore Wedel, of the College of Preachers, Prof. Massy H. Shepherd, of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, -- who also edits the book, the Rt. Rev. Arthur Lichtenberger, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rev. John Patterson, headmaster of Kent School, the Rev. William Nes, professor at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, -- and also the Rev. Arthur Piepkorn, professor at Concordia (Lutheran) Seminary, who writes of the Lutheran Liturgical Movement. Clergy who care about the form of Christian worship at the deepest level will find in this book a most important contribution to one of the most significant Christian developments of our day.

Pub Date: Feb. 18th, 1960
Publisher: Oxford