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22789Re: [liturgy-l] Night Prayer (Compline)- your assistance please

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  • John Dornheim
    Oct 1, 2005
      I wonder why Schmemann is of "blessed memory" and Underhill and Dix are
      John Dornheim
      On Oct 1, 2005, at 5:29 PM, James Morgan wrote:

      > Dear Amy:
      > Welcome to this list.
      > Hard to know where to start!
      > The thing I have found most helpful in my own journey is that
      > worshipping as
      > part of a local community over a period of time is basic. It trumps
      > reading
      > about liturgy and worship, since actually doing it, praying and
      > singing week
      > by week is the way Christians have always done it.
      > One of the classics, a bit dated perhaps, is 'Worship' by Evelyn
      > Underhill.
      > Then there is 'The Shape of the Liturgy' by Gregory Dix. There does
      > not
      > seem to be a basic book about Eastern Orthodox worship that is readily
      > available. There are many studies, historical and theological on the
      > Divine
      > Liturgy and other services but these all seem to be rather
      > 'technical'. Fr.
      > Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory wrote a book called 'An
      > Introduction
      > to Liturgical Theology', and several other books of that ilk. Perhaps I
      > could work uu a biliography of things I have found helpful. Some of
      > course
      > are not easily available.
      >> From a Western pov you might want to peruse some of Phyllis Tickle's
      >> books
      > such as Prayers for Springtime and The Divine Hours.
      > And of course, I don't know if you attended any Eastern Orthodox
      > services
      > during your journey, but we have a wealth of things, more than I could
      > begin
      > to list here!
      > Rdr. James Morgan
      > Olympia, WA
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: liturgy-l@yahoogroups.com [mailto:liturgy-l@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf
      > Of Amy Mark
      > Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2005 12:34 PM
      > To: liturgy-l@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] Night Prayer (Compline)- your assistance
      > please
      > Hi!
      > Thanks for the prayer! Actually, I'm not at all familiar with the
      > compline
      > inthe breviary (I'm not even sure I know what the breviary is...), and
      > would
      > love to learn more.
      > You see, I come from an evangelical background, so there is a whole
      > world of
      > worship resources that I know nothing about. I have a deep passion
      > for the
      > worship life of the Church, so much so that I made it the primary
      > focus of
      > my seminary training. I suppose it is a phenomenon of the evangelical
      > tradition that you have to actually choose a focus like that. But
      > that's a
      > whole other conversation.
      > The point is, while I was in seminary, I conducted a study of worship
      > in the
      > Church, the main goal being just to find out how the Church worships
      > today,
      > and what role worship plays in the life of the congregation. So I
      > visited
      > different churches every week for two years, from different traditions
      > and
      > denominations, different ethnic backgrounds, rural and urban, large and
      > small, and from varying economic situations. It was amazing.
      > However, the
      > sheer scope of my study meant that I was not able to glean as much in
      > terms
      > of specific worship practices and traditions. There is such a depth
      > and
      > breadth, such a richness, that I just couldn't reach in the time I had
      > to
      > work with. That's part of the reason I joined this group. I want to
      > learn
      > as much as possible. I believe that worship is our response to God,
      > and as
      > I learn how others respond to God, I learn more about who God is, what
      > God
      > has done, is doing, and will do.
      > So, if you're willing, I'd love to learn as much as you're willing to
      > share
      > with me. I believe that one of the best ways to build unity in the
      > Church
      > is to learn the story of God as it has been played out in the lives of
      > others, and to embrace that as part of our own story. After all, my
      > story,
      > and your story, the story of every church, and the stories of the
      > Church,
      > are all only part of God's story. I want to know as much of God's
      > story as
      > I possibly can.
      > Thanks so much, oh, and I'm sorry this email got so long. I tend to be
      > overly verbose... talk too much, write too much, you know.
      > Grace and peace,
      > Amy Mark
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