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Liturgical Year (Ancient Practices) [Hardcover]

By Chittister Joan (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 3, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849901197  
EAN  9780849901195  
UPC  023755026842  


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A journey of the soul through the map of Christian time.The liturgical year, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent and carrying through the following November is the year that sets out to attune the life of the Christian to the life of Jesus, the Christ.  This book sets out to open what may at first seem to be simply an arbitrary arrangement of ancient holy days or liturgical seasons to their essential relationship to one another and their ongoing meaning to us today. It is an excursion into life from the Christian perspective, from the viewpoint of those who set out not only to follow Jesus but to live as Jesus lived and to think as Jesus thought.It proposes, year after year, to immerse us over and over again into the sense and substance of the Christian life until, eventually, we become what we say we are-followers of Jesus all the way to the heart of God. It is an adventure in human growth; it is an exercise in spiritual ripening.

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A journey of the soul through the map of Christian time.

The liturgical year, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent and carrying through the following November is the year that sets out to attune the life of the Christian to the life of Jesus, the Christ.A

This book sets out to open what may at first seem to be simply an arbitrary arrangement of ancient holy days or liturgical seasons to their essential relationship to one another and their ongoing meaning to us today. It is an excursion into life from the Christian perspective, from the viewpoint of those who set out not only to follow Jesus but to live as Jesus lived and to think as Jesus thought.

It proposes, year after year, to immerse us over and over again into the sense and substance of the Christian life until, eventually, we become what we say we are-followers of Jesus all the way to the heart of God. It is an adventure in human growth; it is an exercise in spiritual ripening.

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More About Chittister Joan

Joan Chittister Sister Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B. (born 1936) is a Benedictine nun, author and speaker.

A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, where she served as prioress for 12 years, Sister Joan is an author and lecturer.

She is the author of Psalm Journal, Winds of Change, and WomanStrength: Modern Church, Modern Women.

She also writes a web column for the National Catholic Reporter, "From Where I Stand". Chittister holds a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in speech communication theory from Penn State University. She writes and speaks on women in the church and society, human rights, and peace and justice in the areas of war and poverty and religious life and spirituality. She is co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a UN-sponsored organization creating a worldwide network of women peacemakers. She is the founder of "Benetvision". Her public presentations are announced on the Benetvision website.

Joan Chittister currently resides in Erie, in the state of Pennsylvania.

Joan Chittister has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Crossroad Book
  2. Modern Spiritual Masters


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I Wanted to Love This Book ... But Didn't  Apr 14, 2010
I was expecting to love this book, but I didn't.

As an evangelical who has always been a bit curious about the liturgical year, I hoped for a practical overview that would explain the origins of practices such as lent, the meaning of "feasts," and the use of various liturgical elements such as colors. In short, I was looking for a practical introduction.

What I found was a mystical description of the liturgical year. The author's emphasis was on the spiritual meaning of each event or day so that the book seemed more devotional than instructional.

The author describes the church year as a virtual spiritual discipline. Her view is that as we observe the days and seasons of the church calendar, we gradually become more like Christ--that the observance of these events and the lifestyle that this produces is a sanctifying power in the life of a Christian. (Many evangelicals view "daily devotions" in much the same way.)

Coming, as I do, from a tradition that has made very limited use of the Christian calendar, I'd was curious to know how we might make better use of liturgical time. I have come away thinking that we are simply on separate tracks concerning spiritual formation. Perhaps it is best if we low-church Protestants stick with prayer, Bible reading, and altar calls and leave contemplative spirituality to contemplatives.

This book is not unhelpful but is not the best introduction to liturgical time for a newcomer.
 
a great beginner's look into the liturgical year  Mar 11, 2010
Sister Joan Chittister, a rather accomplished Benedictine, lives and breaths the cycle of the Church year after year. In this book, which acts half as an apology for the liturgical cycle and half as a devotional call to order, she explores the depth and nature of the Christian liturgical year. Chittister both plumbs the depths of the historical development of many aspects of the liturgical year and examines their significance for day-to-day living. Furthermore, she seeks to examine not just the rationale behind the seasons of the Church, but also the even more fundamental theological roots behind Christian living, such as our understanding of time, Sabbath, joy, suffering, celebration and fidelity.

Whilst I very much did learn from this book, there are certain aspects that proved to be distracting. For instance, though I'm not sure I could suggest a better organizational strategy, the intermingling of almost devotional-level explorations of theological issues with more technical historical examinations of the liturgical year somewhat disrupt the flow of the text. That is probably the worst I can say about this work.

Overally, I think Chittister accomplishes exactly what she set out to do: help the average Christian understand not only how a Christian may live within the liturgical year, but also why a Christian should want to live in such an environment. If you're looking for more depth, however, I'd recommend Robert Webber's Ancient-Future Time.
 
The basics of the church year  Mar 5, 2010
I was very excited to read "The Liturgical Year" (part of the Ancient Practices series) by Joan Chittister. This book is an excellent introduction to the concept of "Liturgical Time," especially for those Christians who may not be familiar with the idea of having a specific routine of days in the church. The author summarized the church year well by saying:

The liturgical year is the process of coming back year after year to look at what we already know, on one level, but are newly surprised by again and again...

There were, of course, a few things in the book that didn't sit quite right with me (emphasis on Marian feasts, for one, and a sense of mysticism, for another), as the book was written by a Roman Catholic, but the Lutheran church shares much history with the Catholic church, so I found it to be mostly beneficial.

I also appreciated the author's description as to *why* we live a liturgical life:

We do not live a liturgical life to look good to other people. We do not develop a liturgical spirituality to affect a kind of spiritual dimension in our lives. And we certainly do not go to Mass regularly to avoid hell. We live a liturgical life in order to become like the One whom we follow from the manger to the Mount of Olives.

Great resource for those wanting to understand more about the basis and practice of the church year!
 
The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister  Feb 26, 2010
Thomas Nelson Publishers graciously allowed me to review( for free) the book "The Liturgical Year." The book was an intelligent, well-written chronicle of the Christian Liturgical Year. The author , Joan Chittister, was very knowledgable about each step along the faith journey. She explained Lent as a " Symphony in three parts." and I found this a wonderful way to think of the the living memory of Christ and the last supper.I expecially enjoyed this statement : " Lent is not a ritual. It is time given seriously to think about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out."We journey to the desert for forty days and fight off our lusts and temptations just as Jesus fought off the devil!Lent is just one part of the Liturgical year. The author speaks of the celebration for fifty days of Paschaltide or Pentecost.This is a time of great joy when the Christians experienced Jesus and his resurrection.The living God walked among us.She goes on to discuss Ordinary time, Feasts and Advent.This was a book I would highly recommend.I am going to share this book with my Prayer Group in hopes that the other members will enjoy the explanations of the Liturgical year and find deeper meaning and understanding of our Christian faith.memebers will look beyond themselves to the glory of Jesus and his resurrection.
 
Learning Liturgy  Feb 23, 2010
The book takes us through the liturgical year, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent and carrying through the following November.

The premise of the book is to help us begin to fully understand that Christmas and Easter are our anchors to the Christian faith, and the in-between time a cause for reflection and anticipation of what is to come.

Joan is a Benedictine nun, and I have come to love her writing through other books of hers such as "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope." She has a connection with the heart of God that is evident. She loves Jesus, and it appears she has a passion to paint the picture of liturgy as a source of hope and life to those who call themselves Christians.

Being Liturgically clueless, this book was a bit confusing. There are many feasts and celebrations I had not heard of before. I chose this book hoping it would somehow connect me to the Liturgical practices I don't really know about, but the book left me wanting for more understanding and desire for clarity on practical ways I can incorporate the Liturgical practices into my Evangelical life.

With that said, I think anyone who wants to explore the Liturgical life further should pick up this book. It certainly opened the door of curiosity a little wider for me, and I walked away understanding a bit more of what the Liturgical calendar is and why it is important.



 

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