The September Issue of Worship

Summary of the September 2018 issue of Worship

Worship is a peer-reviewed, international ecumenical journal for the study of liturgy and liturgical renewal. Founded in 1926 by Virgil Michel, OSB, and the monks of Saint John’s Abbey, Worship is published six times a year in Collegeville, Minnesota.  Subscribe to Worship here.

Diary of a Pilgrimage: An American Pilgrim Under the Southern Cross Bryan Cones

From the perspective of an “American pilgrim” among Anglican assemblies in Australia, the author explores the tension within the Anglicanism of his experience to account for the diverse cultural heritages that gather within Anglicanism, particularly how that tension appears in relationship to the authorized sources of Anglican liturgy. Noting a tendency to “pray from elsewhere” through historic texts and music of English and European derivation, the author goes on to propose steps toward authentic, local Anglican vernaculars that allow the gifts of all members to find liturgical expression.

Liturgical Preservation, Innovation, and Exchange at the Crossroads of the Visigothic and Merovingian Kingdoms Nathan Chase

This article reviews the ecclesial and political history of Septimania, and one liturgical text derived from this region (Milan, Bibl. Amb. M 12 sup.), to highlight the role of the periphery in Western liturgical development. It seeks to bring Robert Taft and Gabriele Winkler’s methodological insights to bear on Western liturgical history. In so doing, this paper highlights another paradox of the periphery: Regions on the border and on the periphery are both a) resistant to liturgical standardization, and as such preserve archaic elements, and b) places for liturgical innovation and exchange.

Beyond the Liturgico-Theological Oxymoron: Getting Catechesis for First Communion Right Bernadette Gasslein

In “‘Communion’ from the Tabernacle: A Liturgico-Theological Oxymoron,” Robert Taft observes that, after several centuries of proscriptions,parishes still routinely take communion from the tabernacle for distribution at their weekly and daily celebrations of Eucharist. He argues that the practice should be condemned. Yet it has been, many times, and this condemnation fails to change the practice. This article argues that the theology in which this proscription is rooted has failed to make its way into the catechesis for First Communion, and that until this happens, the proscription will go unheeded.

Holocaust Remembrance in German and North American Jewish Memorial Prayers: A Window onto Two Jewish Identities and Theologies Rabbi Sonja K. Pilz

For centuries, the Yizkor section of the Three Festivals and Yom Kippur has marked a moment of communal and individual commemoration. Until today, it has served as a liturgical form to contain the memories and emotions of Jewish communities. Communities worldwide have engaged in creating liturgical languages to commemorate those who were murdered in the Sho’ah. These prayers differ radically in their social construction of both the group of the commemorated as well as the community of commemorators, in their particularistic and universalistic tendencies, by their choice of biblical or contemporary language, in their perception of the Sho’ah as a rupture or continuation within Jewish history, and, ultimately, their versions of Jewish theology.A contextualization, analysis, and comparison of American and German Yizkor prayers provides insights into two different concepts of Jewish identity and two different versions of Jewish theology.

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  1. Every bishop, priest, deacon, and religious educator needs to read Bernadette Gasslein’s “Getting Catechesis for First Communion Right.”

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