Theology Church and Worship

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Assignment on Theology, church and worship Case study, ‘Assemble’ a gathering together of participating persons, constitutes the most basic symbol of Christian worship’ (Gordon Lathrop Holy people p. 21). How does the practice of Christian Worship express ecclesial identity? Introduction: Gordon Lathrop applies liturgical theology on his book Holy Things, giving much importance to all components of worship and how it is linked to the notion of ‘church’. As community and assembly are principally emphasized, Saint Augustine (354-430) does pronounce a sacrament to be a noticeable apparent outline of a deep concealed grace; also, the Eucharist appears to be the most fundamental sacrament given that Catholics regard it as a means of mercy and blessing to those who experience and accept the holy body and blood of Jesus through the bread and wine, also referred to as thanksgiving. In the story of Emmaus, two men identified Jesus as he broke the bread (symbolic action that represents his breaking body on the cross) before sharing it with the other disciples. This action is repeated during gatherings at church in order to value and remember what Jesus did at the last supper. The wine signifies the blood he shed while laying his life for humanity. In other words, every action of the MASS stands for a powerful meaning in Jesus’ fervour. Lathrop focuses on a liturgical perception of church by exploring various topics and subject matters such as liturgical culture and liturgical evangelization. The term ‘liturgy’ stands for the act of worship adapted by a religious group of people, also a Greek word (leiturgia) which signifies a public obligation or mass undertaken by an individual. Throughout, Lathrop’s interest was mainly on what the liturgy says about God. Cyril of Jerusalem also wrote about holy things and reflected the communion invitation used in
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