The People's Work: A Social History of the Liturgy

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub
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In this first book to document the full history of ordinary Christians' liturgical expression, distinguished liturgical historian and theologian Frank Senn ventures behind the liturgical screen, behind the texts, and behind the rubrics to reconstruct the structures of everyday religious expression in Christian history. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Frank C. Senn, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has served as president of both the Liturgical Conference and the North American Academy of Liturgy. In addition to his thirty years of parish ministry, he has taught at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and is author of, among other titles, The Witness of the Worshipping community (1993), Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical (Fortress Press, 1997), and New Creation: A Liturgical Worldview (Fortress Press, 2000)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. iv
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introduction: What Is a Social History of the Liturgy?p. 1
Sociologically Speaking, What Kind of Group Was the Christian Assembly?p. 9
Sacraments and Cultp. 27
Apocalypse and Christian Liturgyp. 43
Times, Occasions, and the Communion of Saintsp. 62
Sacred Places and Liturgical Art in Late Antique Culturep. 80
People and Places for Different Liturgiesp. 99
Church Music through the Carolingian Renaissancep. 114
Vernacular Elements in the Medieval Latin Massp. 132
The Medieval Liturgical Calendarp. 147
The Eucharistic Body and the Social Body in the Middle Agesp. 167
The Dissolution of the Social Body in the Reformation Communionp. 183
Death Here and Life Hereafter in the Middle Ages and Reformationp. 199
The Ecclesiastical Captivity of Marriagep. 214
Liturgy and Confessional Identityp. 224
Popular Devotions, pious Communities, and Holy Communionp. 240
Worship Awakeningp. 263
Liturgical Restorationp. 284
Liturgical Renewalp. 305
Epilogue: Postmodern Liturgical Retrievalp. 330
Bibliographyp. 333
Notesp. 337
Indexp. 371
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