Liturgical Didacticism vs. Liturgical Doxology

“It became a tendency in Reformed liturgies to have lengthy prayers, including the prayers of consecration.  Prayers can express the sense of mystery, as the ancient Eastern anaphoras do.  Prayers can also be used to explain away mystery–to articulate doctrine so precisely that there is no ambiguity left concerning the liturgical action or the attitude of worship.  Luther shared with the other reformers a concern for intelligibility in worship, and the elimination of those ritual acts that too easily lent themselves to superstition.  Unlike many of the other reformers, however, Luther also had an appreciation for the mystery of Christian worship–the sense that the reality being addressed in worship, or addressing the worshipers, is ‘beyond reason’ and can only be apprehended by faith.”  (Frank Senn, Christian Liturgy, 303.)


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