Worship in the Western Church Essay

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I. Introduction. Worship is something a lot of us do without giving it much thought. Even worship planners don’t always give it the thought it needs or deserves. How does what we do in worship connect us to God? How does what we do retell and remember the mighty deeds of God? In our market driven society where the consumer is king, worship has became a smorgasbord with a little of ‘that’ and some of ‘this.’ In our drive to get people in the doors of our churches we have allowed the consumer mentality determine the content of worship. Our rally cry has been: “Give them what they want.” But should ‘what they want’ be the determining factor of worship? Is what they want what they need? It is the responsibility of worship leaders…show more content…
This Paschal Mystery is the “incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” In the second half of this period, Constantine was converted and legitimatized the church. The church, which had been a private and underground movement, now went public with a more structure. It was in this period also that the church had to define itself and its parameters of faith vis-à-vis the pagan world and from struggles within. Here in the latter half of this period the great creeds of the church, Apostles’ and Nicene, were written. C. The Medieval Church—AD 600-1500. In the medieval church scholasticism was the dominate philosophy. The need for rational justification leads to the Paschal Mystery being replaced by beliefs about the Paschal Mystery. This time period was the beginning of the belief in transubstantiation. The actions of the Eucharist were being hidden behinds curtains and rood screens to shield the laity from the ‘terrifying mysteries of the Eucharist.’ This separation of the laity from the actions of the Eucharist led to decreased partaking of the Eucharist which in turn led to canon law mandating that the laity take the Eucharist at least one time per year. While the priests were hidden by the screens the laity was busy “at best with their individual meditations and prayers.” Preaching became infrequent and the Mass began to take on a life of its own. Just the ‘saying’ of a Mass was sufficient for the salvation of souls and this led
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