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Liturgical Language : Keeping it Metaphoric, Making it Inclusive - Gail Ramshaw

Liturgical Language

Keeping it Metaphoric, Making it Inclusive

Paperback Published: 1st February 1996
ISBN: 9780814624081
Number Of Pages: 56

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Liturgical language" denotes those words used by Christians in their communal praise and prayer. Liturgical language is often metaphoric, as metaphors help us explain the unexplainable they help the human mind contemplate the divine. Problems with liturgical language occur when these metaphors exclude some Christians when their aim should instead be to bring all Christians into communion with God. Recognizing that both metaphoric and inclusive language are necessary in Christian worship, Ramshaw clarifies how these need not be contradictory criteria for forming liturgical language.

Through a review of the history of language, Ramshaw illustrates the difficulties of forming texts from words that have undergone numerous translations and whose primary meanings have also changed throughout the centuries. An examination of trends in generic American English, the vernacular on which liturgical texts are to be built, reveals two tasks for liturgists: the arduous work of retranslating liturgical texts and the creative work of crafting intercessions, hymns, and homilies that are inclusive in language. Her discussion of symbolic imagery and theological language illustrates how essential it is that words be evaluated and chosen with understanding and care.

Ramshaw writes for those who find beauty and truth in metaphor and for those who strive to invite everyone to the Eucharistic banquet. She encourages all who formulate liturgical language to contemplate with seriousness and Vision the ultimate objective of this language so that it can speak with meaning and beauty to all.


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Ramshaw makes an excellent contribution to the discussion on liturgical language with this efficiently packed essay.Modern Liturgy Ramshaw's brief work points out some directions liturgists can take in this new millennium.Philippiniana Sacra

The Challenge for Liturgical Languagep. 5
Our Linguistic Historyp. 13
Generic Speechp. 18
Symbolic Imageryp. 25
Theological Languagep. 35
The Householder's Treasurep. 41
Endnotesp. 47
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ISBN: 9780814624081
ISBN-10: 0814624081
Series: American Essays in Liturgy Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 56
Published: 1st February 1996
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.7  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.09