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Gleanings: Essays on Expansive Language With Prayers for Various Occasions [Paperback]

Gleanings: Essays on Expansive Language With Prayers for Various Occasions [Paperback]

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Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1999
Publisher   Church Publishing
ISBN  0898693349  
EAN  9780898693348  

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An ideal study resource combining essays by linguists and liturgists with newly previously unpublished liturgical materials.

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Planting seeds...  Feb 7, 2004
The idea of inclusive and expansive language has been an undercurrent in liturgics for quite a while, but in the past decade or so, it has assumed a place of primary importance. In this book edited by Ruth Meyers and Phoebe Pettingell, the charge of the Episcopal Church's General Convention to develop prayers and liturgies incorporating more expansive language is demonstrated both in essay and in useful form.

In the first essay, Jennifer Phillips discusses the poetics of liturgy. Language should be virtuous, musical, evocative, and theologically appropriate. How does one express theological and spiritual truths leading to justice while also calling forth a response from the rhythmic experience of the senses? There needs to be an elegance (notice that this does not imply ornament or elaborate), but also something basic and accessible. Phoebe Pettingell continues in the second essay to look at the development of language, as Episcopal liturgies broke away from rigid adherence to post-Tudor influences and began to incorporate American language patterns, with a particular eye toward including in deliberate fashion those who had not been included before -- women, people of different races, etc. Liturgical language must respond to and incorporate a common language, to make it truly Common Prayer.

Ruth Meyers explores the history of imagery and language use in the third essay, proceeding then to discuss a broader image for God (as Father and Mother), Christ, the Trinity, and the use of the word Lord, as well as new images in Divine Wisdom/Sophia, and the trend away from masculine-dominant pronoun usage. Gregory Howe concludes the essay section by looking at issues in cyberspace -- what does it mean to have set liturgies that are book-based in an increasingly digital (and therefore increasingly adaptable) age?

The second section of the book includes texts for the liturgical year (the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, various holy days and saints days), pastoral occasions, offices and other events. There are Eucharist prayers derivative of Celtic traditions, writings of Julian of Norwich, Anselm of Canterbury, and more recent adaptations such as the Diocese of Delaware in companionship with the Diocese of Pretoria, and the anniversary of the Council of Women's Ministries. These prayers include new language and situations not covered in more traditional liturgies, but have the same recognisable character of Anglican liturgies.

This is an interesting and useful text, worthwhile for learning a bit about the history of liturgy as well as its possible directions in the future. The prayers are very useful, and should be welcome as inspiration if not simple addition to services.


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