22789Re: [liturgy-l] Night Prayer (Compline)- your assistance please
- Oct 1, 2005I wonder why Schmemann is of "blessed memory" and Underhill and Dix are
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
> 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
> Then there is 'The Shape of the Liturgy' by Gregory Dix. There does
> seem to be a basic book about Eastern Orthodox worship that is readily
> available. There are many studies, historical and theological on the
> Liturgy and other services but these all seem to be rather
> 'technical'. Fr.
> Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory wrote a book called 'An
> 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
> are not easily available.
>> From a Western pov you might want to peruse some of Phyllis Tickle's
> such as Prayers for Springtime and The Divine Hours.
> And of course, I don't know if you attended any Eastern Orthodox
> during your journey, but we have a wealth of things, more than I could
> to list here!
> Rdr. James Morgan
> Olympia, WA
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> Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] Night Prayer (Compline)- your assistance
> Thanks for the prayer! Actually, I'm not at all familiar with the
> inthe breviary (I'm not even sure I know what the breviary is...), and
> 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
> and what role worship plays in the life of the congregation. So I
> different churches every week for two years, from different traditions
> 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
> of specific worship practices and traditions. There is such a depth
> breadth, such a richness, that I just couldn't reach in the time I had
> work with. That's part of the reason I joined this group. I want to
> 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
> has done, is doing, and will do.
> So, if you're willing, I'd love to learn as much as you're willing to
> with me. I believe that one of the best ways to build unity in the
> 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
> and your story, the story of every church, and the stories of the
> 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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