The New Services

Owen Chadwick

in The Early Reformation on the Continent

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780198269021
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600470 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The New Services

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All Reformers agreed that church services should be simpler; in language people understood; and contain nothing contrary to Scripture. Differences over communion in the 1520s saw Luther opposed to more radical figures such as Zwingli. Confession persisted in a modified form in Lutheran states, but was abolished in Reformed Switzerland. Hymns and psalm singing became important features of Reformed services, and rules were laid down for sermons. The Biblical discussions known as prophesying were created by Zwingli and taken up in all the churches of the Swiss tradition as well as by English Puritans. Various traditions developed in various regions within the broad Reformed framework over such matters as vestments, church organs, fasts, and the saints.

Keywords: church services; communion; confession; fasts; hymns; Martin Luther; organs; prophesying; psalms; saints; sermons; vestments; Zwingli

Chapter.  15095 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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