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  liturgy, Christian - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The ancient liturgies of the East are classified as Antiochene or Syrian (with modern liturgies in Greek, Old Slavonic, Romanian, Armenian, Arabic, and Syriac) and Alexandrine or Egyptian (with liturgies in Coptic and Ethiopic).
The liturgies that arose in the West are classified as either Gallican (including the Celtic, Mozarabic, and Ambrosian) or Roman, both using Latin.
Decency and dis-order: sloppy liturgy and neglect of the Christian year mean neglecting the biblical story itself.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-liturgych.html   (508 words)

 The Liturgy of the Hours
The early writings of the Christian Church bear witness to a prayer tradition that is rich in eschatological symbols.
So while Christians were entreated to pray always in their hearts and in their actions, they also gathered regularly at the beginning and end of each day to pray together.
For Tertullian, though, these hours were also full of specifically Christian symbolism: the Holy Spirit first came upon the disciples at the third hour (Acts 2:15); Peter experienced his vision of the church while praying at the sixth hour (Acts 10: 9); and he cured a paralytic at the ninth hour (Acts 3:1).
www.yale.edu /adhoc/research_resources/liturgy/hours.html   (2967 words)

 Mourning at Eastertide: Revisiting a Broken Liturgy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Christian liturgy is a ritual performance that takes place in the "eighth day", that is, in a liminal "time outside of time" in relation to the week.
Christian liturgical performance is infused with a "spirit of protest against identifying the truth of God with any finite form." It uses "brokenness" as a thematic motif in speaking of a "holy" God who is radically other than festival, solemn assembly, ceremony or ritual performance.
Christian liturgy in performance is a web of communicative practice that seeks brokenness of form and the tensive juxtaposition of the "ordinary" with the "holy".
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=338   (4349 words)

 Christopher Kiesling: The Liturgy of Christian Marriage: Introduction to Marital Spirituality
It is envisioned in the liturgy of Christian marriage as extending beyond the couple, beyond their own children, to the wider circles of church and world, and especially the afflicted and the needy.
Christians, moreover, have as their central celebration the Eucharist, which means "thanksgiving." Christian life is a eucharistic, grateful, response to God's love manifested in Jesus Christ.
When the Christian couple turn to God, they may be "glad that you help them in their work and know that you are with them in their need." The words of this second petition reflect a strong sense of divine providence in the liturgy for Christian marriage.
www.spiritualitytoday.org /spir2day/823415kiesling.html   (3982 words)

 Christian liturgy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many elements of these liturgies began to be fixed in several popular settings, and a book called the Apostolic Constitutions, from the fourth century, shows an outline for the liturgy which is incorporated in almost all Western and Eastern rites.
The liturgy of the western church was heavily affected by the decisions to allow the Priests to say the mass separate from the bishops (usually almost every public liturgy was celebrated by the bishop, as Christianity spread out of the major urban centers this became more difficult).
A consensus of liturgies is, therefore, both in space and time a greater witness of agreement than a consensus of Fathers, for as a general principle it is obvious that people in their prayers say only what they believe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christian_liturgy   (3128 words)

 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Adam in Early Christian Liturgy and Literature
Adam's importance to the Fathers and to the authors of the many apocryphal writings of the first five centuries of the Christian Era is clearly shown by their frequent allusions to him.
His p]ace in the liturgy is however, by no means a prominent one.
The Nazarenes are bound to almsgiving and to preaching, must baptize their children in the Jordan, and choose the first day of the week for the ceremony.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/01132a.htm   (827 words)

 Outline   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Introduction to Medieval Christian Liturgy in the West
The Christian Year A. Introduction B. The Temporale 1.
Introduction to the History of the Liturgy up to the Protestant and Catholic Reformations 1.
www.yale.edu /adhoc/research_resources/liturgy/outline.html   (32 words)

 LT92 - The Spirit Of The Liturgy, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Christian liturgy is never just an event organized by a particular group or set of people or even by a particular local Church.
This fundamental Christian truth was implicitly placed in jeopardy by the 8th-century iconoclast movement which sprang up in the east, partly as a result of the radically anti-Incarnational influence of Islam.
The Christian faith can never be separated from the soil of sacred events, from the choice made by God, who wanted to speak to us, to become man, to die and rise again, in a particular place and at a particular time.
www.rtforum.org /lt/lt92.html   (3340 words)

However, she observed that with with the exception of a few parishes and dioceses, the "walk" of the dialogue in the Liturgy has not kept pace with the "talk" of the dialogue on the scriptural and theological plane.
The question is how should Christians understand and celebrate their own identity - without supersessionism, injustice, the denial of Christian roots, or the exclusion of others from salvation - in the light of our new theologies of Judaism and Jesus as a Jew.
Therefore, we need to pay attention to the visceral impact of liturgy on Christian formation, especially since the Mass is the context in which most Christians engage their faith traditions most regularly.
www.bc.edu /bc_org/research/cjl/conferences/liturgy2000.html   (912 words)

 Nathan Mitchell: The Spirituality of Christian Worship
The liturgy which God celebrated in the cross of Christ was not one that took place in a secret corner of the universe, but in the rough-and-tumble textures of human history.
Never ends in themselves, Christian sacraments are tiny testaments to that larger liturgy of the world where men and women experience God's presence in the birth of a child, the death of a parent, the meeting of friends, the anxious trip to the hospital.
This is the inestimable privilege -- and the burden -- of the Christian worshiper.
www.spiritualitytoday.org /spir2day/823411mitchell.html   (4042 words)

 liturgy - St. Norbert College   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This course considers the principles of Christian liturgy as the primary expression of the church’s life and spirituality.
After a close examination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, The Rite of Baptism for Children, and the Rite of Confirmation, the course will analyze current developments in the order of receiving the sacraments as well as issues in initiating children and the problems of the age of Confirmation.
The Liturgy of the Hours will be presented as a celebration of spirituality and a relationship to God expressed in the theology and prayer of the Psalms.
www.snc.edu /mts/liturgy.html   (491 words)

 U.S. Catholic Bishops - Catechism of the Catholic Church
For it is in the liturgy, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, that "the work of our redemption is accomplished," and it is through the liturgy especially that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.
The liturgy then is rightly seen as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ.
Through the liturgy the inner man is rooted and grounded in "the great love with which [the Father] loved us" in his beloved Son.11 It is the same "marvelous work of God" that is lived and internalized by all prayer, "at all times in the Spirit."
www.usccb.org /catechism/text/parttwo.htm   (811 words)

 Latin Mass Magazine, in support of traditional Roman Catholicism
The liturgy can be compared, therefore, not to a piece of technical equipment, something manufactured, but to a plant, something organic that grows and whose laws of growth determine the possibilities of further development.
However, it would lead to the breaking up of the foundations of Christian identity if the fundamental intuitions of the East, which are the fundamental intuitions of the early Church, were abandoned.
The authority of the liturgy can certainly be compared to that of the great confessions of faith of the early Church.
www.latinmassmagazine.com /rite.asp   (788 words)

 Westwood Lutheran Church - Liturgy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Despite the fact that early Christian congregations, persecuted by the Romans, were often forced to worship in secret, it was decided early in the first century A.D. to establish an annual date for the universal celebration of this event.
The Service (or liturgy) of the Word was established as the first of the two principle parts of the Christian worship service soon after the time of the resurrection, when Jesus himself joined his disciples for worship.
In the early Christian congregations it became customary to bring food to the church to be blessed.
www.westwoodlutheran.org /downloads/luth_liturgy.html   (11498 words)

 Tantrik Worship and Christian Liturgy
Bandopadhyaya, a celebrated Tantrik authority of Bengal opined ``We believe that the Sadhana of the Moslems and the esoteric religious rituals of the Christians of the Roman Catholic Church and Greek Churches are based on the Tantras....Many historians acknowledge that the worship of Sakti or Tantrik Sadhana spread into Phoenicia and Greece.
Louis Bouyer[17], the Catholic theologian, rightly remarks ``everything that is announced to us in the Liturgy is announced not only as a part of the past, but as the one great reality of the present also, as well as the future''.
As the Christian Liturgy speaks of the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, the Preisdent and the Church, the Tantriks also hold that Divinity is present in the Enlivened Image, the Officer and the Temple.
www.geocities.com /o_m_mathew/om.htm   (4351 words)

 Music and the Liturgy
Pope Pius X tried to remove the operatic element from the liturgy and declared Gregorian chant and the great polyphony of the age of the Catholic Reformation to be the standard for liturgical music.
Art in the liturgy has a very specific responsibility, and precisely as such does it serve as a wellspring of culture, which in the final analysis owes its existence to cult.
For Christians, there was a spontaneous turn at this point from stellar deities to the choirs of angels that surround God and illuminate the universe.
www.adoremus.org /1101musicliturgy.html   (3800 words)

 Worship Glossary
In the beginning: The earliest Christians were either Jews or God-fearing gentiles who worshiped in the synagogue; therefore, early worship followed the pattern of the synagogue liturgy, which it still does in Lutheran, Orthodox, Anglican, and Roman Catholic churches today (among others).
In the Western Church, the term refers to the entire order of worship and is generally used in churches where the congregation performs parts of the worship service by speaking or praying in unison.
The first part is modeled on the liturgy of the synagogue, and in ancient times as in the present, it is public.
www.kencollins.com /glossary/liturgy.htm   (3204 words)

 Liturgy Links
Fundamental principles affecting all future reform of the liturgy, promoting a renewed appreciation of the spirit of the liturgy, and providing a solid theological and a pastoral foundation for Church renewal.
This is an insightful, wise, and prudent instruction, fostering renewal of Sunday liturgy, according to the mind of the Church.
Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on the liturgy, 1947.
www.americancatholicpress.org /liturgylinks.html   (4690 words)

 The Living Body of Christian Worship
The worship of Christian communities originated and continues as a response to that love and as a vehicle for God to once again grace us in love.
However, if liturgy does not begin and end with the proclamation, celebration and evocation of God's love in Christ there can never be authentic worship.
Meal, have remained the backbone of the “skeleton” of Christian liturgy.
www.martyhaugen.net /living_body_of_christian_worship.htm   (1442 words)

 Liturgy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran, or other groups, when using the words "the Liturgy", are normally referring to a standardized order of events observed during a religious service, often including the Eucharist.
Repetitive formal rites, in some ways similar to liturgies, are natural and common in all human activities such as organized sports venues.
The historic Christian liturgies are direct evolutions from the BC worship in Jewish synagogues.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Liturgy   (459 words)

 Calvin Institute of Christian Worship - Isaiah in Christian Liturgy
Isaiah is a workhorse of Christian liturgy, ranking with the Psalms as the most frequently cited Old Testament book in worship.
The great Sanctus of Isaiah 6:3 is both the heartbeat of traditional Eucharistic prayers and the inspiration of countless worship songs for churches that never use a traditional Eucharistic prayer.
The canticles of Isaiah 12 have been a staple of traditional daily and Sunday liturgies for centuries and the basis of several recently written scripture songs.
www.calvin.edu /worship/idis/isaiah_in_liturgy.php   (866 words)

 Bibliograpgy: Liturgy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This is first volume of an ongoing series whose purpose is to trace Jewish and Christian liturgical traditions from the time they were conceived to the twentieth century.
Liturgy for the New Millennium: A Commentary on the Revised Sacramentary: Essays in Honor of Anscar J. Chupungco (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000) paperback, $20.
Bishops Committee on the Liturgy, “Criteria for the Evaluation of Inclusive Language,” BCL Newsletter (October 1990), Official guidelines for proceeding with inclusive language.
eapi.admu.edu.ph /bodega/liturgysacraments.htm   (6187 words)

 Calvin Institute of Christian Worship - Isaiah in Christian Liturgy
The Christian doctrine of revelation begins with creation, God's general revelation, is focused through special revelation, the gift of scripture, and is most acutely attentive to the person and work of Jesus Christ, as illuminated by both the Old and New Testaments.
The majority of historic Sunday liturgies began with the contrast between the plaintive cry of “Kyrie eleison” and the exuberant acclamation “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”—a contrast only somewhat captured in the movement from confession to assurance.
The body of Christian hymnody that is most polemic may well be the Trinitarian hymns of the fourth century, such as the Te Deum (“Holy God, We Praise Your Name”) or “Of the Father's Love Begotten,” all of which were weapons against Arianism.
www.calvin.edu /worship/idis/isaiah_in_liturgy-full.php   (9365 words)

 Liturgy and Spirituality - Sacred Heart University
This includes 21 articles by leading Jewish and Christian biblical and liturgical scholars such as Robert Goldenberg, Samuele Bacchiocchi, John Primus, Walter Wurzburger, Jacques Doukhan, John Baldovin, and Lawrence Hoffman, covering rabbinic and New Testament, historical, theological, liturgical, legal and ecumenical perspectives.
College of Idaho professor Michael Lodahl's Shechinah/Spirit: Divine Presence in Jewish and Christian Tradition (Mahwah, NJ:: Paulist/Stimulus, 1992) is an excursus in process theology.
It attempts to deal with the "Spirit of God" concept in both Judaism and Christianity in terms of three theological "problems": religious exclusivism (monotheism, trinitarianism); evil (the Zohar, Isaac Luria, the Holocaust); and eschatology (creation, covenant, history).
www.sacredheart.edu /pages/1831_liturgy_and_spirituality.cfm   (233 words)

 Notre Dame Center for Liturgy
Assembly explores the relationship between Christian liturgy and Christian life.
Liturgy Digest, by Nathan D. Mitchell, is a resource designed for educators, liturgists, pastoral ministers, students and clergy who want to keep abreast of developments in the liturgical field and related disciplines.
Topics include ritual studies, women's contributions, liturgy and the arts, ritual studies and the social sciences, liturgy and aesthetics, liturgy and the arts, liturgy and culture, the language of metaphor, and the eucharist.
liturgy.nd.edu /publications   (375 words)

 Amazon.com: The Great High Priest: The Temple Roots of Christian Liturgy: Books: Margaret Barker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Barker claims that the rituals of the Orthodox Church go back to a more ancient form of Judaism based on the First Temple which was suppressed in the 7th century BC by King Josiah and later Ezra who rewrote the Old Testament which we now have.
Many of the rituals of the primitive church to include the liturgy, signing with the cross, praying toward the east, were passed down from Jesus and the disciples in secret and were not committed to writing because the deeper meanings of these rituals could only be understood by a few.
The Trinity doctrine and the veneration of Mary were not Hellenistic additions to Christianity but sprang from the very Judaism which Jesus and his followers belonged to which was suppressed and all but destroyed by both Christians and Jews later on.
www.amazon.com /Great-High-Priest-Christian-Liturgy/dp/0567089428   (1691 words)

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