About the ‘A Sound We Christen’: The Language of Worship course
It is clear that from the earliest days of the Church, the language of worship has been ‘different’. As we continue to experiment with new forms of worship, this study day explores the nature and purpose of liturgical language and the radical poetics of liturgy as a celebration of the mystery of faith.
This course will briefly explore the roots of Christian liturgy and what is meant by a ‘poetics of liturgy’. Attention will be given to liturgy as performance, with a study of the important and controversial writings of Bishop Amalarius of Metz (d. c 850).
Further attention will be given to the rich liturgical life of late medieval England before the Prayer Book of 1549, and its ‘bi-lingual’ worship in Latin and English.
Finally, we will consider the principles underlying Common Worship and its language and the problems that they might pose for worship today and in the future.
Led by David Jasper, Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow, formerly Professor of Literature and Theology. He is Canon Theologian of Glasgow Episcopal Cathedral and Convenor of the Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church.