- The Liturgical Year
- The spiraling adventure of the spiritual life
- Joan Chittister © 2009
- Thomas Nelson Publishers
- ISBN 978-o-8499-4607-3 (tp)
- 213 pp. plus study guide
Anyone committed to a liturgical denomination will find much of interest in this volume. The writing is often beautiful and wise. Chittister explains the importance of liturgies for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Holy days, Saints days and Ordinary days.
I’ve never understood liturgical services. The words didn’t say what my heart longed for. However, learning about liturgy can help non-liturgical believers understand and appreciate the practices of worshippers in liturgical denominations.
This author beautifully explained why we attend church on Sundays instead of Saturdays. And Chittister knows Jesus’ resurrection (Easter) is the main event in Christian faith. She mentions several times that God, Jesus and the Spirit are needed in our lives.
The author loves the liturgy for promoting yearly growth until we fully live as Christians. However, she may not grasp that the Holy Spirit can function in human lives without a formal guide.
In this book liturgy can sound more important than the work of the Holy Spirit. He creates spiritual growth at the particular time and way needed by each individual. The Holy Spirit meets us as we study the scriptures and pray to God. He does a marvelous job without a pattern written by humans.
However, Chittister is a much respected expert for her years of study and practice of liturgical worship. This can be a valuable book for Christians.
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