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Grundläggande principer och praktiska ideal för liturgin hos Alexander Schmemann

Ivarsson, David LU (2012) KREX85 20121
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983) is considered by many as one of the twentieth century's most significant theologians. His main contribution to theological research, or at least the one most talked about, is his argument about liturgy in relation to theology and the church. Schmemann said that the task of liturgical theology is to clarify the theological meaning of the church's worship. This was something new. Previous research on liturgy had generally been more concerned with describing the historical background of the liturgy and with explaining what various liturgical actions meant.
In this study, I search for basic principles of the liturgy in the thought of Alexander Schmemann. I examine what ideas these principles are based on, and... (More)
Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983) is considered by many as one of the twentieth century's most significant theologians. His main contribution to theological research, or at least the one most talked about, is his argument about liturgy in relation to theology and the church. Schmemann said that the task of liturgical theology is to clarify the theological meaning of the church's worship. This was something new. Previous research on liturgy had generally been more concerned with describing the historical background of the liturgy and with explaining what various liturgical actions meant.
In this study, I search for basic principles of the liturgy in the thought of Alexander Schmemann. I examine what ideas these principles are based on, and then I explore what ideals for liturgical practice can be gleaned from these fundamental principles. Finally, I examine if these principles and practical ideals of the liturgy are applicable in a Lutheran context.
In chapter four, I arrive at six guiding principles for the liturgy according to Schmemann:

• The liturgy is the act of the congregation
• The liturgy is a journey into the kingdom of God
• The liturgy should express the universal and the personal
• The entire liturgy is sacramental
• The liturgy is a revelation of the content of faith
• Baptism is our personal Easter and Pentecost

These principles are the result of a systematic reading of Schmemann where I try to present the main tenets of his arguments about the liturgy. From these basic principles, I then try to demonstrate the practical ideals that result. Among other things, I show that Schmemann argues for a greater and more widespread participation by the congregation in the liturgy. (Less)
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author
Ivarsson, David LU
supervisor
organization
course
KREX85 20121
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Lex credendi, Lex orandi, Liturgical theology, Liturgy, Ordo, Eucharist, Church, Alexander Schmemann
language
Swedish
id
2597110
date added to LUP
2012-06-04 09:23:51
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  abstract     = {Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983) is considered by many as one of the twentieth century's most significant theologians. His main contribution to theological research, or at least the one most talked about, is his argument about liturgy in relation to theology and the church. Schmemann said that the task of liturgical theology is to clarify the theological meaning of the church's worship. This was something new. Previous research on liturgy had generally been more concerned with describing the historical background of the liturgy and with explaining what various liturgical actions meant. 
In this study, I search for basic principles of the liturgy in the thought of Alexander Schmemann. I examine what ideas these principles are based on, and then I explore what ideals for liturgical practice can be gleaned from these fundamental principles. Finally, I examine if these principles and practical ideals of the liturgy are applicable in a Lutheran context.
In chapter four, I arrive at six guiding principles for the liturgy according to Schmemann:

• The liturgy is the act of the congregation
• The liturgy is a journey into the kingdom of God
• The liturgy should express the universal and the personal
• The entire liturgy is sacramental
• The liturgy is a revelation of the content of faith
• Baptism is our personal Easter and Pentecost

These principles are the result of a systematic reading of Schmemann where I try to present the main tenets of his arguments about the liturgy. From these basic principles, I then try to demonstrate the practical ideals that result. Among other things, I show that Schmemann argues for a greater and more widespread participation by the congregation in the liturgy.},
  author       = {Ivarsson, David},
  keyword      = {Lex credendi,Lex orandi,Liturgical theology,Liturgy,Ordo,Eucharist,Church,Alexander Schmemann},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Grundläggande principer och praktiska ideal för liturgin hos Alexander Schmemann},
  year         = {2012},
}