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Reading the Liturgy


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Introduction 1. Liturgical Texts 2. Liturgical Authorship 3. Liturgical Genres 4. Narratives in Liturgical Texts 5. Liturgical Intertextuality 6. Liturgy and Language 7. Liturgical Paratext 8. From Text to Performance Conclusions Bibliography Index

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This book examines what literary and reading strategies are used by worshippers to interpret liturgical texts and make them meaningful during worship.

About the Author

Juliette J. Day is University Lecturer in Church History at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Senior Research Fellow in Liturgy at the University of Oxford, UK. She combines research into early liturgical practices with contemporary concerns arising from participation in national liturgy committees.


The scope and range of the material, with many well-referenced sources, will attract the attention of specialists in liturgy, while all those who regularly lead worship will find some insights * The Reader *
This is a book for readers who take liturgy and worship seriously and who want to get behind the text of liturgy to its roots. Day demonstrates a keen understanding and familiarity with the many aspects of liturgical text and worship. -- Craig Stephans, Church of the Redeemer, US * Theological Book Review *
A well-written book that has the potential to stimulate interesting discussion among its readers. -- Margaret Mary Kelleher, OSU The Catholic University of America, USA * Horizons *

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