The Rite of Christian Initiation: Adult Rituals and Roman Catholic Ecclesiology

1st Edition

Peter McGrail

Published August 28, 2013
Reference - 230 Pages
ISBN 9781409426554 - CAT# Y240008
Series: Liturgy, Worship and Society Series


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In the wake of recent papal legislation, the various liturgies of the Roman Rite may today be celebrated in either their post-Tridentine or post-Vatican II forms. Whilst much discussion of this new situation focuses on purely liturgical issues, this book breaks new ground by arguing that the coexistence of the two forms raises questions of a profoundly ecclesiological character. Peter McGrail explores the relationship between ritual form, ecclesial self- understanding and constructs of the world that are at play as adults become members of the Church. Analysing the rites by which adults were taken into the Church for three and a half centuries, this book goes on to explore attempts to find a new ritual expression for the journey to Christian Initiation, set against the divergent and even conflicting ecclesiologies which were at play before and during the Council.

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