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Rubrics and Grammar 3

Rubrics and Grammar 3

This is the third post in a series where I have been following my model of liturgy (communal worship) as being like a language – the language of liturgy being primarily the symbols, signs, gestures, etc. accompanied by words. In this context, I proposed thinking of the rules of liturgy (the rubrics) more as being… Continue Reading

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Rubrics and Grammar 2

Rubrics and Grammar 2

In the first post in this series, I proposed thinking of the rules of liturgy (the rubrics) more as being descriptive than prescriptive. I am following a model that sees liturgy (its actions, signs, gestures, and words) as being akin to language. Good language follows certain rules so that we are intelligible and communicate with… Continue Reading

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The End of Liturgy?

The End of Liturgy?

I write this post thinking aloud (thinking allowed) in dialogue with a blog post I was pointed to that argues that collective Christian worship will not last: Here is why Christian worship doesn’t work anymore: Christian worship is designed to allow people to worship God, and people don’t want or need that relationship with God… Continue Reading

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The “New” Our Father

Two recent articles from New Zealand criticise different aspects of the new RC missal translation. NZ was the first country to introduce the new translation. In one article, a RC bishop is scathing in his critique (the bishop urges people to ignore some of the translation), the other regrets the loss of the ecumenical Lord’s… Continue Reading

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fresh expressions?

Fresh expressions – towards a dialogue Antipodean internet responses to the Church of England report A Mixed Economy for Mission (PDF) have been falling over themselves with unalloyed fervour and praise. Certainly there is much of value in this and its earlier report, Mission-shaped Church (PDF). But anyone who has previously seen the church’s enthusiasm… Continue Reading

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Diocesan Synod calls for psalter revision

On Saturday the Christchurch diocesan synod passed the following motion: That the Common Life Liturgical Commission be asked to provide the text of the verses in the Psalter which have been omitted from the Psalms for Worship in A New Zealand Prayer Book/ He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa, and restore “Israel” and “Zion” where they… Continue Reading

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The Lectionary (part 2)

In the last post on the lectionary I gave background to the RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) and highlighted that a community discipline of following the lectionary frees us from the vagaries and some of the eccentricities of allowing pastors total discretion to pick their own favourite Bible passages. I think there is always a danger… Continue Reading

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