In This Issue: Worship, August 2015

The July issue of Worship should at this point be in everyone’s hands. Below you can find abstracts from this issue of Worship as well as the list of books that were reviewed. For more information on Worship, or to subscribe to the journal, please visit its website.

Gordon W. Lathrop:  Saving Images: New Testament Metaphors and the Purpose of Christian Worship.

Following suggestions first made by Aidan Kavanagh and Austin Farrer, the article explores visual and verbal images in Christian liturgical use — both wall paintings and metaphoric language in prayer, for example — in order to discuss the purposes for the Christian liturgical assembly.  The principal images discussed include the Matthean Last Judgement, the Lamb in the Apocalypse, and Melchizedek in Hebrews.  This thesis emerges: the purpose of Christian worship, like the purpose of the New Testament itself, involves both setting out images that draw us into salvation and rescuing the images themselves from misuse.  Indeed, as the images are rescued, so are we.


Marit Rong:  Questioning the Ecumenism of the Church of Norway’s Baptismal Liturgy

The focus in the article is the correspondence between the current 2011 liturgy and classical baptismal theology, discussed in the light of the WCC BEM-document. While the main motif of Norwegian baptismal liturgies has been salvation from sin, the new one introduces a thanksgiving for Natural birth, a novelty in baptismal liturgies. The article suggests to expand the use of the theological motifs of the BEM-document, especially in terms of pneumatology and incorporation into the body of Christ.


Liam Bergin: From Breaking Jars to Breaking Bread:  Eucharist as Prophetic Act

The article contends that the Last Supper actions performed by Jesus, the Eschatological Prophet, are prophetic actions. The table fellowship of Jesus with tax collectors and sinners, his striking gestures in the Upper Room and the church’s subsequent celebration of the Eucharist are investigated accordingly. This facilitates a biblically based and ecumenically appropriate approach to a contemporary understanding of the Eucharist. 

Amen Corner: Paul Turner, “Between Consultation and Faithfulness: Questions That Won’t Go Away”

This coming March will mark the 1600th anniversary of the letter that Pope Innocent I sent to Bishop Decentius of Gubbio. The contents have had a significant impact on worship practices throughout the ages. The letter still raises questions that will not go away.


Book Reviews:

  • La Pontificia Commissio de sacra liturgia prepartortia Concilii Vatican II.  Documenti, Testi, Verbali. By Angelo Lameri. Rome: Bibliotheca “Ephemerides Liturgicae Subsidia,” Edizioni Liturgiche, 2013. Pages, 882. Paper, 50 Euro. ISBN: 978-7367-178-7. Reviewed by Kevin Irwin.
  • The Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art. By Christopher Irvine. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013. Pages, 238. Paper, $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6305-9. Reviewed by Phil Horrigan.
  • Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry. By Emma Percy. Surry, England:  Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pages, 174. Cloth, $79.95. ISBN: 9781409466918. Reviewed by Catherine Vincie, RSHM.
  • The Gospels in Art, Music and Literature, Year A: The Story of Salvation in Three Media. By David Stancliffe. London: SPCK, 2013. Pages, xv + 378.  E-book, UK £16.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06948-4. Reviewed by Gail Ramshaw.
  • What We Have Done, What We Have Failed to Do: Assessing the Liturgical  Reforms of Vatican II. By Kevin W. Irwin. New York: Paulist Press, 2013. Pages, 264. Paper, $24.95. ISBN: 978-0-8091-4848-6. Reviewed by Mark R. Francis, CSV.
  • Hear My Voice, O God: Functional Dimensions of Christian Worship. By  Matthew Cheung Salisbury. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, A Pueblo Book, 2014. Pages xxx + 163. Paperback, $24.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6307-3. Reviewed by Paul F. Bradshaw.
  • Liturgy in Migration: From the Upper Room to Cyberspace. Edited by Teresa Berger. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, A Pueblo Book, 2012. Pages, xxiv + 311. Paper, $39.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6275-5. Reviewed by Susan K. Roll.
  • Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God’s People. By Michael J. Bauer. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Series. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013. Pages, 328. Paper, $29.00. ISBN: 978-0-8028-6928-9. Reviewed by William C. Graham.
  • Playing before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn. By Calvin R.  Stapert. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. Pages, 282. Paper, $24.00. ISBN: 978-0-8028-6852-7. Reviewed by Paul Westermeyer.
  • Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love. By Timothy P. O’Malley. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. Pages, 157. Paper, $16.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-3764-7. Reviewed by Paul A. Janowiak, SJ.
  • The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe. By Vincent L. Michael. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2013. Pages, 248. Cloth, $60.00. ISBN: 978-0-252-03753-5. Reviewed by Richard S. Vosko.
  • Beyond Pius V: Conflicting Interpretations of the Liturgical Reform. By Andrea Grillo. Translated by Barry Hudock. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013. Pages, xvii + 121. Paper, $19.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6302-8. Reviewed by Paul Philibert, OP.
  • Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music. By Thomas H. Troeger. New York: Oxford University Press 2013. Pages, 89.  Hardcover, $19.95. ISBN: 978-0-19-933008-9. Reviewed by Judith M. Kubicki, CSSF.
  • The Sacred, the Profane, the Hodiamont. By Gerard Garrigan, OSB. St. Louis, MO: Saint Louis Abbey, 2014. Pages, iv + 97. Paper, $10.00. ($15.00 if mailed; order from ISBN: 978-0-9903015-0-9. Reviewed by Thomas A. Krosnicki, SVD.




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