The Sound of the Liturgy
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About "The Sound of the Liturgy"
This book: helps readers appreciate how liturgical texts are written and understood, why some texts 'work' in worship and others don't; looks at the use and abuse of scriptural texts and versions within the liturgy; considers how sound, rhythm and the arrangement of words can help congregations to worship well together; and offers a finely balanced critique of the language, style and sentence construction in Common Worship and BCP 1662/1928, examining good and bad examples from each. The basic antithesis between words as semantic carriers and words as evokers of feeling and memory leads to consideration of the effect of words on worshippers in both corporate worship and private prayer. In doing so, the book explores four main aspects of liturgical speech: Anaphora, Rhythm, Posture and Punctuation.
Meet the Author
The Revd Dr Carolyn (Cally) Hammond (D.Phil, University of Oxford) was Dean and Director of Studies in Theology at Downing College. Her academic interests range from Classical literature and history to the early Christian period, with a particular interest in the early Christian historians; and Mariology (the study of the place of the mother of Jesus in the economy of salvation). She has a long-standing commitment to the English choral tradition, and an interest in the theory and practice of liturgy. She is the author Passionate Christianity: a journey to the Cross published by SPCK.-Editorial Review.