Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Standing Together in the Community of God: Liturgical Spirituality and the Presence of Christ

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Standing Together in the Community of God: Liturgical Spirituality and the Presence of Christ

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Standing Together in the Community of God: Liturgical Spirituality and the Presence of Christ. By Paul A. Janowiak. (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, A Pueblo Book, 2011, Pp. vii, 235. $29.95, paper.)

Paul Janowiak, SJ, invites all Christians who participate in the sacraments of the church to claim a new and deeply Trinitarian liturgical spirituality developed with an eye cast direcüy to the work of the Second Vatican Council's Consti tution on die Sacred Liturgy for inspiration. Worship is about encounter, and Janowiak points out for us the multiple modes within die liturgy through which Christ is encountered. We are encouraged to see in the gathering of the liturgical assembly (Chapter 2), in the proclamation of the Word (Chapter 3), in the sacramental présider (Chapter 4), and in die holy gifts (Chapter 5) a full and multidimensional experience of die Trinitarian presence of God within die midst of die assembly. It is in our corporate standing together, as a full, relational, and embodied expression of the presence of Christ diat we come to make Christ known to ourselves and to the world. "We must take seriously and plumb die rich depuis of die notion that we share and participate in die life of God as created and baptized beings" (15).

The depth of scholarship within this book is clear in the rich theological material Janowiak quotes on his way to building his case for a Trinitarian relational, mutual, and conversational understanding of the presence of Christ in Christian worship. …

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