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The Great Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes

Nicholas Lossky

in Lancelot Andrewes, the Preacher (1555-1626)

Published in print April 1991 | ISBN: 9780198261858
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261858.003.0003
The Great Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes

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This chapter focuses on Lancelot Andrewes's preaching of the liturgical character. Inspired by his fidelity to the Church and his own personal dedication to being in communion with the Catholic Church at all times and in all places, Andrewes compiled a collection of prayers that represented the prayers of the Church and reflected his own personal life. His prayers were deeply rooted in his experience and at the same time were ecclesial in nature. Like his prayers, Andrewes's sermons were not individualistic; rather they were expressions of communal faith marked by traditional forms of liturgy. In all his sermons, Lancelot Andrewes sought above all to awaken the English Church of his time to the spiritual experience that was his. Devoid of pedantry and with an unusual sense of pedagogy, Andrewes placed all his learning at the service of attaining the end which was to convert his hearers to the experience of God in the rectitude of the lex credendi.

Keywords: preaching; liturgical; Church; ecclesial; sermons; communal faith; liturgy

Chapter.  1719 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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