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The Liturgical Body and the Gift of Presence

Ann Loades and Bridget Nichols

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0020
The Liturgical Body and the Gift of Presence

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David Brown proposes Christ as the Church's greatest gift to the world, a gift mediated through the Church's liturgy. This chapter considers the liturgical celebration as the place of mediation of Christ to the world, in the fleshly reality of a human body and in the transcendent glory of a divine body. This is an event with historical, contextual and political responsibilities, for the assertion of real presences also uncovers absence, suppression and collusion in evil. It is thus necessary to re-examine the claim that liturgy is (the vehicle of) gift, particularly in the light of the Shoah, and to commend the kind of self-knowledge that ensures the integrity of the Church's sacramental celebration, its commitment to an ethical habit of being, a refusal of all in its practice that obscures God, and true repentance for its permission of evil.

Keywords: David Brown; gift; liturgy; mediation; body; real presences; evil; celebration; political

Chapter.  6037 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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