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Ritual And Worship

Christianity: The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2005

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...Eucharist, Festivals and fasts, Hymns, Interfaith worship, Music, Pentecostalism, Preaching, Psalms, Ritual, Sacraments, WorshipIn a German home, before the family begin their evening meal they bow their heads and the father of the family...

Dress

Christianity: The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2005

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...What do Christians wear? Do they distinguish themselves from others through dress? The answers to these questions will depend on the century or the nationality of the Christian group in question. There are also distinctions between...

Festivals and fasts

John Bowden

The Revd Dr. John Bowden is the former Editor and Managing Director of SCM Press. He is the author of several books and articles, including Christianity: The Complete Guide, and has translated numerous religious books from German, French and Dutch. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Christianity: The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2005

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...The Christian calendar is marked by a whole series of festivals and periods of fasting or abstinence from certain kinds of food and drink. In most traditions the year starts with Advent, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas...

Worship

Christianity: The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2005

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...Going to church for worship is one of the most persistently identifiable features of Christianity. Despite changes in its shape, its intention and its component parts, despite incessant controversies over its proper mode and content...

Furnishings

Christianity: The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2005

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...Church furnishings are as varied as the Christian communities that use them. Climate, economics, politics are as important as theology in determining their character. This has been true from the period when the faith was spreading within...

Language

Christianity: The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2005

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...Christianity has no sacred language: no theological tradition, that is, of identifying a particular language as the language of God, or as a privileged medium of revelation, in the way that Arabic is a sacred language in Islam because...

The Christ of the Byzantine Liturgy

Jesus : The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2003

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...Christianity reached Kievan Rus’ in the tenth century with a considerable library (including the liturgical texts) written in a language very close to the vernacular: Old Slavonic. Originally, this was one of the dialects of southern Slavs...

Hymns Celebrating Jesus

Jesus : The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2003

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...More often, hymn-writers have focused on some aspect of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. In some hymnbooks (e.g., CP) these are classified according to the seasons of the Christian year—Advent, Christmas, Passiontide, and so forth...

Hymns Describing Jesus

Jesus : The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2003

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...A large proportion of hymns about Jesus are concerned with the names given to him and the characteristics that they imply. A panoramic view of these is provided in a hymn by Isaac Watts that begins:The hymn is to be found in all three...

Hymns

Christianity: The Complete Guide

Continuum, 2005

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...Hymns have always been a part of Christian worship. Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn after the last supper (Mark 14.26), and Paul twice exhorted the early Christians to join together, ‘speaking to one another in psalms and hymns...