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Liturgy, Worship and Society Series


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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.

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Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History Lifting a Veil on Liturgy's Past

Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy's Past

1st Edition

By Teresa Berger
June 28, 2011

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 "...

The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany The Eastern Liturgical Tradition

The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany: The Eastern Liturgical Tradition

1st Edition

By Nicholas E. Denysenko
July 28, 2017

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 ...

@ Worship Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds

@ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds

1st Edition

By Teresa Berger
June 30, 2017

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...

Death Liturgy and Ritual Volume II: A Commentary on Liturgical Texts

Death Liturgy and Ritual: Volume II: A Commentary on Liturgical Texts

1st Edition

By Paul P.J. Sheppy
January 28, 2004

Death Liturgy and Ritual is a two-volume study of Christian funerary theology and practice, presenting an invaluable account of funeral rites and the central issues involved for compilers and users. Paul Sheppy writes from direct experience of conducting funerals and of drafting liturgical ...

The Liturgies of Quakerism

The Liturgies of Quakerism

1st Edition

By Pink Dandelion
January 14, 2005

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 ...

Daily Liturgical Prayer Origins and Theology

Daily Liturgical Prayer: Origins and Theology

1st Edition

By Gregory W. Woolfenden
July 20, 2004

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 ...

Liturgical Space Christian Worship and Church Buildings in Western Europe 1500-2000

Liturgical Space: Christian Worship and Church Buildings in Western Europe 1500-2000

1st Edition

By Nigel Yates
July 22, 2008

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...

Early and Medieval Rituals and Theologies of Baptism From the New Testament to the Council of Trent

Early and Medieval Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From the New Testament to the Council of Trent

1st Edition

By Bryan D. Spinks
July 14, 2006

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 ...

Liturgy and Architecture From the Early Church to the Middle Ages

Liturgy and Architecture: From the Early Church to the Middle Ages

1st Edition

By Allan Doig
May 28, 2008

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 ...

Reformation and Modern Rituals and Theologies of Baptism From Luther to Contemporary Practices

Reformation and Modern Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From Luther to Contemporary Practices

1st Edition

By Bryan D. Spinks
August 16, 2006

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 ...

Towards Liturgies that Reconcile Race and Ritual among African-American and European-American Protestants

Towards Liturgies that Reconcile: Race and Ritual among African-American and European-American Protestants

1st Edition

By Scott Haldeman
December 05, 2016

Towards Liturgies that Reconcile reflects upon Christian worship as it is shaped, and mis-shaped, by human prejudice, specifically by racism. African Americans and European Americans have lived together for 400 years on the continent of North America, but they have done so as slave and master, ...

Richard Baxter's Reformed Liturgy A Puritan Alternative to the Book of Common Prayer

Richard Baxter's Reformed Liturgy: A Puritan Alternative to the Book of Common Prayer

1st Edition

By Glen J. Segger
November 28, 2016

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, ...

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