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Liturgical Time in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Meditated, Measured and Manipulated

Alireza Mahdipour, Hossein Pirnajmuddin, and Pyeaam Abbasi

Liturgy is, by definition, a “people's act”, a deed of the assembly.’ 1 In the ecclesiastic institution of liturgy that maintained the hegemony of the Church during the Middle Ages, liturgical or canonical time was an important component of

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Finding Liturgy for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

Gwendolen Burton

, liturgy should offer support to both partners. In Biblical Narrative In biblical narrative, we find a range of reactions to infertility, many from men, all of which seem true to life: – Abram snaps at God for mentioning descendants once too

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The Corpus Christi Devotion

Gender, Liturgy, and Authority among Dominican Nuns in Castile in the Middle Ages

Mercedes Pérez Vidal

in the analysis of liturgy and religious images and in the functionality of art and architecture. The particular case of the Corpus Christi festival reflects this lack of attention. Nevertheless, this feast and devotional practice had great importance

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Psalms 113–118

Qualified Praise?

Jeremy Schonfield

Psalms 113–118 appear as a group in the synagogue liturgy, where they are known collectively as ‘Hallel’, usually interpreted as ‘praise’. Some worshippers regard this name as a justification for viewing the psalms as triumphalist and singing

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The Latest Liturgy of Liberal Judaism in England

John D. Rayner

In the history of Progressive Jewish liturgy, Britain’s Liberal movement has, in spite of its relatively small numbers, played a unique role. For one thing, it has taken cognisance of the liturgical traditions of both of the two main centres of Progressive Judaism: Germany and the United States of America. (Britain’s Reform movement, by contrast, has preferred to do ‘its own thing’, with little reference to what has been done elsewhere.) For another thing, its publication in 1967 of Service of the Heart marked the beginning of a new trend, which has since manifested itself throughout the Progressive Jewish world.

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Social Situations and the Impact of Things: The Example of Catholic Liturgy

Torsten Cress

Today, the insight that material objects are an important part of social life is widely recognized in the social and cultural sciences. But how exactly do things affect the microlevel of social interaction? And by which methodological means can their significance for it be explored? Based on a study of Catholic liturgy, an ethnographic approach is developed that allows for systematic investigations into the role material objects play in social situations. Using Erving Goffman's frame analysis as a theoretical tool, it assumes that things are constitutive of social situations while in turn helping participants make sense of these situations. Conversely, the impact of things is considered closely tied to their particular situational involvement. In order to explore the connections between materiality, meaning, and use, I suggest investigating a number of closely related aspects: the contribution of things to the specifics of the situation in question; the bodily practices in which they are involved; the physical environment in which they are embedded; the physical qualities they possess; and the social definitions tied to them.

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Prayer Book Reform in Europe, Continued

Bibliography and Developments in Progressive Jewish Liturgy, 1967–2015

Annette M. Boeckler

– tries to present a minimum consensus between Orthodox, US Reform and US Conservative Judaism, using material from prayer books of these three American denominations. It was the liturgy that was known to the founders of new German Liberal congregations or

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Psalms of Ascent

Shani Tzoref

Liturgies (Psalms 121, 126, 132 and 134). The element of summons to praise is highlighted in these psalms and they often feature a call-and-response, or ‘antiphonal’ structure, and explicit references to priests and Temple worship . For example, the brief

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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

In discussions on processes of ritual assessment and modification, the rituals examined are most often of a ‘performance-centered’ nature. 1 I am drawing here on Atkinson’s (1989: 14–15) useful distinction between ‘liturgy-centered’ and

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'. . . And a New Spirit I Will Put Within You'

The Contribution of Rabbi John D. Rayner to the Creation of Liberal Prayer Books

Charles H. Middleburgh

'And a new spirit I will put within you' salutes John Rayner's contribution to the Liberal liturgies of the United Kingdom over more than forty years. It explains his ethos as a liturgist and quotes from his writings about liturgy as well as some of his original prayers. This is a heartfelt tribute from a devoted disciple to a master liturgist.