This Week’s Discussion Question: Neo-Augustinian vs. Post Vatican II Thomist perspectives on liturgical reform and renewal

“Neo-Augustinian” approaches to the liturgy tend to view it in Platonic terms, the heavenly worship offered to the Father by the Son in the unity of the Spirit, joined in by the angels and saints, in which those on earth are privileged to gain some share by grace. “Post Vatican II Thomist” approaches to the liturgy would tend to view it in Aristotelian terms, a “complexus of sensible signs,” an earthly disclosure through culturally and historically conditioned semiotic systems of the graced condition of the world.

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