By Philip H. Pfatteicher
Journey into the center of God is an enthralling exploration of the heritage and evolution of the Church yr: the cycle of seasons within the Christian culture that starts with creation and culminates with Easter and is marked by way of the celebrations of saints, banquet days, and the interpreting of Scripture as appointed by means of the Church.
Primarily via deft exam of the Western Church, Philip H. Pfatteicher unearths how the liturgical calendar has been remodeled over millions of years. it's a paintings of art--the collaborative fulfillment of generations of arms and minds. He indicates how the church yr dramatizes and grounds the unusual complexity of the human adventure and the way it encourages honesty, humility, development, and adulthood in those that dwell by means of it.
Pfatteicher additionally bargains perception into the liturgical texts of the Eucharist, the fewer primary day-by-day workplace, and the people's theology voiced in hymns from a large spectrum of historic and sleek traditions. it will likely be an necessary source for either clergy and laity within the liturgical denominations, together with Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Anglicanism.
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We sing it, And pay a million priests to bring it. After two thousand years of mass We’ve got as far as poison-gas. It is a devastating observation as what at least appears to be reality intrudes upon vision. Advent and the liturgical year as a whole, while proclaiming the promise, make allowance for such honest doubt. 19 The antiphons to the psalms in ﬁrst vespers in the Roman Liturgy of the Hours 38 journey into t he heart of god announce the truth that although the arrival of the coming Lord may still be distant, it is certain: Proclaim the good news among the nations, our God will come to save us.
Since about the beginning of the seventh century, however, liturgical books begin with Advent, the latest and entirely Western addition to the Church’s calendar. The Origins of the Season There is an almost innate pattern in human behavior of fast before feast, preparation followed by celebration, anticipation and preparation leading to feasting, but otherwise the origins of the season of Advent are obscure. Liturgical historians have in recent decades become notably skeptical regarding our knowledge of the origins and development of the seasons of the liturgical year.
All our work and study and prayer and living has one purpose and meaning: to bring us and all humanity into the kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. So the central prayer of Advent is the one word, the concluding prayer of the Bible, Maranatha, Come, Lord Jesus. The theme of Advent is waiting, waiting for God, waiting with sometimes rising impatience, deepening frustration, and frequent disappointment. We wait, we hope, we look. And in that attitude and perspective one ﬁnds the whole liturgical year’s forward drive and direction.