Maxwell Johnson has made multiple contributions to our understanding of liturgical history and liturgical theology. This volume honors his work by offering a set of important essays by respected scholars that bridge the distance between scholarship and praxis, to be accessible and relevant to both pastoral ministers and academic theologians.
It is organized according to three categories: liturgical year, Christian initiation, and Eucharist. Within these categories, the contributors are especially attentive to three important aspects of liturgical history:
the role that important figures in liturgical history played as liturgical pastors
how liturgical history has been used in shaping contemporary liturgical rites and prayers
how liturgical history informs contemporary understandings and beliefs
Ultimately, the book pays tribute to Johnson's contributions to the life of the church by exploring ways that the study of liturgical history might help the church remain faithful to God and to the sacramental worldview that continues to define and characterize classic Christianity.
Paul F. Bradshaw
Michael Daniel Findikyan
David A. Pitt
Walter D. Ray
Nicholas V. Russo
Bryan D. Spinks
Robert F. Taft, SJ
Jeffrey A. Truscott
David A. Pitt is associate professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He also serves as organist for St. John's Episcopal Church, Dubuque.
Stefanos Alexopoulos is assistant professor of liturgy at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens, Greece. He is also parish priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, Halandri, Greece.
Christian McConnell is assistant professor of liturgical studies and director of basic degree programs at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario. He is director of liturgical music at St. Joan of Arc Parish, Toronto.
These essays demonstrate the pastoral relevance of careful historical investigation of liturgy while avoiding the romantic approach to history that characterized liturgical renewal in the twentieth century. Both academic specialists and working pastors will find much here to consider. The collection demonstrates the cutting edge of liturgical studies in the twenty-first century, and it is a fitting tribute to a scholar who himself has left an indelible mark on the field.
L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
A magnificent volume of equally outstanding essays. This is an extraordinary work of scholarship, which not only does justice to the research of one of the most prominent liturgical historians living today, but to the field as a whole.
Nathan D. Mitchell, University of Notre Dame
For students and colleagues to present essays to a professor is already a great honor, but for the essays to be both scholarly and pastoral is a tribute to the person of Maxwell Johnson who has consistently demonstrated that sound historical scholarship is the best approach to good pastoral praxis.
Michael Driscoll, Co-Director of the Master in Sacred Music Program, University of Notre Dame
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