Comments on the use of contemporary language in The Lord's Prayer, alternate personal pronouns in baptismal hymns and the colour of stocks worn by Queen's Chaplains. It is followed by four nineteenth century facsimilies of title pages from Service Books.
Volume 05, Number 02 Nov 1975
Sets out a 'musical credo': it communicates meaning beyond language, mirroring the essence of God. Performers and listeners must respond actively and intelligently. 'Quality' will convey 'mysticism which complements.. religious experience'. CH3 offers much high quality of both native and international talent. Music must be relevant to contemporary life and can further ecumenism. Our musical integrity must offer to God, the Great Musician, the best of human creativity.
First part of a comment on Luther's reform of the Baptismal Liturgy. Does it express 'Justification by Faith'? He describes early baptismal practice, later conflation and fragmentation and its 'improvement' by Luther.
Reviews liturgical developments in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He considers the relationship of Matins and Ante-Communion and what is achieved in the 1970 'Grey Book' entitled The Liturgy. He touches on flexibility and congregational participation to express the priesthood of all believers.
Review of CH3 and its introduction in a Highland Parish. He evaluates its effect on the Order of Worship in both a catholic and sacramental direction. He gives personal views on the choice of words and music particularly in Children's Praise.
Should liturgical language adapt to secular culture? Is it simple enough to make God more immediate? What of the re-emergence of 'old fashioned religion'? The sociology of religion shows that however 'simplistic' its language, worship needs to be simple in the sense of relating to life where the 'language of the market place' is used.
Notes on making funerals more 'discriminate' and 'professional', concerning meeting the bereaved, the preparatory house service, the place of the 'Committal' and the use of language with which people will connect. The climax should have a Resurrection note. The skills of different people should be employed, for example neighbours or those in a ministry team.
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