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Publication Date: 1 Apr 2012
Format: Paperback
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 408
Author: Maxwell E. Johnson
ISBN-13: 9780281068036

Sacraments and Worship

Key Readings In The History And Theology Of Christian Worship, From The New Testament To The Present
By Maxwell E. Johnson
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The Church's understanding and use of sacraments have a long history. The development of sacraments took place alongside the development of Christian worship, which has evolved in many different ways from the days of the early Church to the present. Sacraments and Worship provides a comprehensive source-book for all concerned with the history of Christian worship and the meaning of the sacraments. The history and theology of the individual sacraments and their liturgical context in the church's worship is traced along with Liturgies of the Word and liturgies of time, with texts on daily prayer and the liturgical year. The editor provides backgrounds and contexts for the readings, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the Church's thought in this vital area of its life.
About the Author
Maxwell E. Johnson is Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is co-author with Paul F. Bradshaw of The Origins of Feasts, Fasts and Seasons in Early Christianity (2011) and editor of Document of Baptismal Liturgy (2003, both SPCK).
Press Reviews

This is an attractive and inviting volume: a visiting priest-friend immediately
picked it up and started browsing. Whether for occasional reference or
detailed study, the book includes a comprehensive range of quotes
from primary and secondary sources down the centuries, arranged into
sections covering initiation, the eucharist, liturgies of the word, other
sacraments and occasional services, and the calendar and liturgical
time. The first two chapters preface this with significant quotations
tracing the evolution of both sacramental and liturgical theology from
the earliest Christian era and include many contemporary authors. With
judicious editing and explanation, Maxwell Johnson demonstrates the
variety revealed by the sources at different periods and within different
traditions. The texts offer a useful and fascinating corrective to a linear
model of liturgical development, and rich material for preaching and
devotional use as well as for study.

- Jo Spreadbury

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