Liturgy, Worship and Society Series

Series Editors:

The Liturgy, Worship and Society series provides a library of innovative scholarship in liturgical studies at a time of vital changes in liturgical life and vigorous debates in academia. The series highlights contemporary work in liturgical studies, attuned both to traditional scholarly inquiry and to recent and emerging questions. In particular, the series is committed to exploring the relationship between liturgical life in Christian churches worldwide and the broader cultural and social contexts in which worship takes place. By offering a thorough grounding in the historical and theological foundations of liturgy as well as determined attention to contemporary developments and concerns, the Liturgy, Worship and Society series is set to make a vital contribution not only to scholarship in liturgical studies but also to the practice of Christian worship in the world today.

  • The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany: The Eastern Liturgical Tradition book cover

    The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany

    The Eastern Liturgical Tradition

    By Nicholas E. Denysenko

    This book examines the historical development of the blessing of waters and its theology in the East, with an emphasis on the Byzantine tradition. Exploring how Eastern Christians have sought these waters as a source of healing, purification, and communion with God, Denysenko unpacks their…

    Paperback – 2017-07-28
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  • @ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds book cover

    @ Worship

    Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds

    By Teresa Berger

    A host of both very old and entirely new liturgical practices have arisen in digital mediation, from the live-streaming of worship services and "pray-as-you-go" apps, to digital prayer chapels, virtual choirs and online pilgrimages. Cyberspace now even hosts communities of faith that exist entirely…

    Hardback – 2017-06-30
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  • Richard Baxter's Reformed Liturgy: A Puritan Alternative to the Book of Common Prayer book cover

    Richard Baxter's Reformed Liturgy

    A Puritan Alternative to the Book of Common Prayer

    By Glen J. Segger

    The English Civil War and its aftermath was a time of human devastation, political uncertainty and religious instability. Amid the turmoil of those times, however, the Church of England also saw intense liturgical inventiveness. The Directory for Public Worship, Jeremy Taylor's Communion Office,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
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  • Suffering in Worship: Anglican Liturgy in Relation to Stories of Suffering People book cover

    Suffering in Worship

    Anglican Liturgy in Relation to Stories of Suffering People

    By Armand Léon van Ommen

    How does the universal experience of suffering relate to the experience of worship? Questioning how Anglican liturgy welcomes people who are suffering, Suffering in Worship uniquely applies a narrative–ritual model for the analysis of both the liturgical text and worship services themselves. In…

    Hardback – 2016-11-16
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  • Christian Inculturation in India book cover

    Christian Inculturation in India

    By Paul M. Collins

    Drawing together international and Indian sources, and new research on the ground in South India, this book presents a unique examination of the inculturation of Christian Worship in India. Paul M. Collins examines the imperatives underlying the processes of inculturation - the dynamic relationship…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • Anglican Confirmation: 1662-1820 book cover

    Anglican Confirmation

    1662-1820

    By Phillip Tovey

    Confirmation was an important part of the life of the eighteenth-century church which consumed a significant part of the time of bishops, of clergy in their preparation of candidates, and of the candidates themselves in terms of a transition in their Christian life. Yet it has been almost entirely…

    Paperback – 2016-10-19
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  • The Theory and Practice of Extended Communion book cover

    The Theory and Practice of Extended Communion

    By Phillip Tovey

    Three churches have recently produced liturgies for 'extended communion'. This is the distribution of previously consecrated elements at a public service by lay people or a deacon in the absence of a priest. This development began in the Roman Catholic Church with the Vatican 'Directory on Sunday…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
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  • Eucharist Shaping and Hebert’s Liturgy and Society: Church, Mission and Personhood book cover

    Eucharist Shaping and Hebert’s Liturgy and Society

    Church, Mission and Personhood

    By Andrew Bishop

    The contemporary Church of England is wrestling with issues around the relationship between its worship and mission and relating both to wider society. Much of this hinges on an understanding of the nature of the Church. Gabriel Hebert's seminal book Liturgy and Society (1935) took as its subtitle,…

    Hardback – 2016-04-15
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  • Evangelicals, Worship and Participation: Taking a Twenty-First Century Reading book cover

    Evangelicals, Worship and Participation

    Taking a Twenty-First Century Reading

    By Alan Rathe

    In discussions of worship, the term ’participation’ covers a lot of ground. It refers not only to concrete acts in gathered liturgy, but also to some of the loftiest claims of Christian theology. In this book, Alan Rathe probes the ways in which North American evangelicals have in recent years…

    Hardback – 2014-10-28
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  • The Rite of Christian Initiation: Adult Rituals and Roman Catholic Ecclesiology book cover

    The Rite of Christian Initiation

    Adult Rituals and Roman Catholic Ecclesiology

    By Peter McGrail

    In the wake of recent papal legislation, the various liturgies of the Roman Rite may today be celebrated in either their post-Tridentine or post-Vatican II forms. Whilst much discussion of this new situation focuses on purely liturgical issues, this book breaks new ground by arguing that the…

    Hardback – 2013-08-28
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  • Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy's Past book cover

    Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History

    Lifting a Veil on Liturgy's Past

    By Teresa Berger

    Mapping uncharted territory in the study of liturgy's past, this book offers a history to contemporary questions around gender and liturgical life. Teresa Berger looks at liturgy's past through the lens of gender history, understood as attending not only to the historically prominent binary of "…

    Paperback – 2011-06-28
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  • Liturgical Space: Christian Worship and Church Buildings in Western Europe 1500-2000 book cover

    Liturgical Space

    Christian Worship and Church Buildings in Western Europe 1500-2000

    By Nigel Yates

    This is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the internal arrangement of church buildings in Western Europe between 1500 and 2000, showing how these arrangements have met the liturgical needs of their respective denominations, Catholic and Protestant, over this period. In addition to a…

    Paperback – 2008-07-22
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  • Liturgy and Architecture: From the Early Church to the Middle Ages book cover

    Liturgy and Architecture

    From the Early Church to the Middle Ages

    By Allan Doig

    In this book Allan Doig explores the interrelationship of liturgy and architecture from the Early Church to the close of the Middle Ages, taking into account social, economic, technical, theological and artistic factors. These are crucial to a proper understanding of ecclesiastical architecture of…

    Paperback – 2008-05-28
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  • First Communion: Ritual, Church and Popular Religious Identity book cover

    First Communion

    Ritual, Church and Popular Religious Identity

    By Peter McGrail

    One of the most carefully prepared liturgies of any Roman Catholic parish's year is the celebration of 'First Communion'. This is the ritual by which seven- or eight -year-old children are admitted to the Eucharist for the first time. It attracts the largest congregations of any parish liturgy, and…

    Hardback – 2007-04-28
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  • The Baptismal Liturgy of Jerusalem: Fourth- and Fifth-Century Evidence from Palestine, Syria and Egypt book cover

    The Baptismal Liturgy of Jerusalem

    Fourth- and Fifth-Century Evidence from Palestine, Syria and Egypt

    By Juliette Day

    Was Jerusalem, under her bishop Cyril, the source of liturgical innovations in the fourth century or was she simply following trends which also affected the liturgy of neighbouring provinces? In assessing these two established propositions in relation to baptism, Juliette Day undertakes a careful…

    Hardback – 2007-04-28
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  • Reformation and Modern Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From Luther to Contemporary Practices book cover

    Reformation and Modern Rituals and Theologies of Baptism

    From Luther to Contemporary Practices

    By Bryan D. Spinks

    Presenting a comprehensive survey of the historical underpinnings of baptismal liturgies and theologies, Bryan Spinks presents an ecumenically and geographically wide-ranging survey and discussion of contemporary baptismal rites, practice and reflection, and sacramental theology. Writing within…

    Paperback – 2006-08-16
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  • Early and Medieval Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From the New Testament to the Council of Trent book cover

    Early and Medieval Rituals and Theologies of Baptism

    From the New Testament to the Council of Trent

    By Bryan D. Spinks

    Presenting a comprehensive survey of the historical underpinnings of baptismal liturgies and theologies, Bryan Spinks presents an ecumenically and geographically wide-ranging survey and discussion of contemporary baptismal rites, practice and reflection, and sacramental theology. Writing within a…

    Paperback – 2006-07-14
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  • The Liturgies of Quakerism book cover

    The Liturgies of Quakerism

    By Pink Dandelion

    The Liturgies of Quakerism explores the nature of liturgy within a form of worship based in silence. Tracing the original seventeenth century Quakers' understanding of the 'liturgy of silence', and what for them replaced the outward forms used in other parts of Christianity, this book explains how…

    Paperback – 2005-01-14
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  • Daily Liturgical Prayer: Origins and Theology book cover

    Daily Liturgical Prayer

    Origins and Theology

    By Gregory W. Woolfenden

    Tracing the origins of daily prayer from the New Testament and Patristic period, through the Reformation and Renaissance to the present, this book examines the development of daily rites across a broad range of traditions including: Pre-Crusader Constantinopolitan, East and West Syrian, Coptic and…

    Paperback – 2004-07-20
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