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The Use of Symbols in Worship: (Alcuin Liturgy Guides) [Paperback]

Christopher Irvine
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20 Sep 2011 Alcuin Liturgy Guides
In our post-modern, technological and visual age, there seems to be a new fascination with symbols. And in such an age as this, it is not enough just to understand and use the written liturgy, whether old or new, like Common Worship. In worship and in our pastoral rites, the preoccupation with texts has to be balanced with the vital liturgical language of symbols. Never before has there been such scope for the use of symbols as can be found in the family of Common Worship services. Not simply visual aids, liturgical symbols are suggestive and evocative; they belong to a whole matrix of imagery in Scripture and in the prayer texts that accompany the ritual acts of worship. Each chapter of Symbols and Worship provides theological and historical background to the symbols discussed (water, oil, light and incense), as well as practical guidance on the place and use of these symbols in the whole range of Common Worship services.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; 1st Edition edition (20 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281058520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281058525
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 22 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Irvine was formerly Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and is now a Residentiary Canon at Canterbury Cathedral. He is a Consultant to the Church of England's Liturgical Commission. He co-authored (with Ann Dawtry) ALG 2, Art and Worship, and his most recent book, exploring the theology of liturgical formation is The Art of God: the making of Christians and the meaning of worship (SPCK, 2005).

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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book 19 Feb 2013
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This book is a brilliant guide to the use of symbols in worship. It is suitable both for those new to the subject and those who have been ministers in a church for a long time and wish to refresh their worship-leading. It explains the meaning behind symbols but also gives some great ideas of how to use them more effectively in worship.
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