In This Issue: Worship, July 2020

Summary of the July 2020 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.


Insights from Mrs. Murphy: Caryl Houselander as Liturgical Theologian

Anna Adams Petrin

This article explores the relationship between primary and secondary theology by examining Aidan Kavanagh’s imagined primary theologian “Mrs. Murphy.” The first part of the article discusses the role of “Mrs. Murphy” in prior liturgical scholarship, especially the work of David Fagerberg. The second part of the article applies the concept of “Mrs. Murphy” to a real person: the author Caryll Houselander (1901-54). Through an examination of Houselander’s early experiences with the liturgy, the article interrogates the process of primary theology, paying special attention to negative liturgical experiences that fail to build up the faithful “into a holy temple of the Lord, into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 2; cf. Eph. 2:21-22).

Anamnesis, Epiclesis, and Mimesis in the Minor Hours of the Byzantine Rite
Stephanos Alexopoulos

The author visits the offices of the minor hours (first, third, sixth, ninth) in the Byzantine Rite in order to explore the theological themes of these hours. He argues that in these hours one finds the themes of anamnesis, epiclesis, and mimesis. He concludes that just as the celebration of particular events of salvation history provide the hinges of the liturgical year (anamnesis), complimented by the commemoration of saints who serve as examples for imitation (mimesis), and completed by the petitions of the faithful that God illumine, guide, protect, save, and forgive them (epiclesis), the office of the minor hours with these same themes emerges as a miniaturized daily celebration of the liturgical year.

The Easter Union Service as a Healing Service for a Broken World
Jonghyun Kim

This paper deals with the political characteristics of Christian worship by focusing on the Easter Union Service celebrated in Korea to better understand interpretations of the nature of worship as well as the political potency of worship itself. To examine a close connection between the Easter Union Service and social and political situations of Korea, I explore why Korean Protestantism developed a united Easter service and what impact that service has had in forming Korean Christian, as well as Korean political, identity. Through this exploration, I argue that the Easter Union Service should not be understood simply as a religious rite but rather should be seen as a place to form and nurture a responsible discipleship that might help heal divided Korean society.

Early Christianity and the Eucharist
Michael Krause

This paper compares and contrasts the eucharistic theology of a representative Protestant evangelical free church with a sampling of eucharistic theologies and practices from the earliest centuries of the Church. It imagines the responses of a diverse delegation of early Christian writers who visit this contemporary evangelical church for a celebration of the eucharist, and analyzes the theological and practical differences identified under the headings of “The Eucharist as a Common Meal,” “The Eucharist as Sacrifice,” and “The Eucharist as Sacrament.” Through this comparative analysis, this Protestant evangelical free church is challenged to facilitate eucharistic worship that create and express the togetherness of the community; worship that is a sacrifice of praise to Christ, rooted in repentance and reconciliation, serving the poor and disenfranchised, and re-centering Christ; and worship that embraces the mystery of the presence of Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, which has the power to bring to effect the promises of Jesus.


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