This work explores the ecumenical aspects of liturgy and how it can provide a common ground by which ecumenism can develop. Though different denominations may have varying characteristics to their liturgy the commonalities are striking. Liturgy can cross denominational and doctrinal boundaries. Whether a group adheres to transubstantiation or to representation, when the believer partakes in the bread and wine there is no question that it is Jesus Christ whom they remember. The Scriptures also cross denominational lines and does not depend upon one particular doctrinal viewpoint from which it must be read or heard. Baptism, whether by immersion or sprinkling, has been debated throughout the centuries yet is still a sacrament for most. Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs of worship are equally as trans-denominational. Liturgy not only transcends denominations but links the contemporary church with the Church throughout the ages.
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious history, Divinity|
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