Liturgy and Coaffection

Jean-Yves Lacoste

in The Experience of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225187
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237135 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Liturgy and Coaffection

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This chapter reflects on our experience of God in the liturgy, using prayer as point of entry and working closely with Martin Heidegger's revision of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology. At mass we sing “almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory”; we solemnly say, “We believe in one God” and “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ” and “Give us this day our daily bread”. This “we” is the congregation and it is the Church. Liturgy presumes a certain distancing that serves as a critique of the feeling that subtends Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher's theology and all the sacramental theologies that draw from it. The “we” that is said and constructed in common prayer is not primordially the act of a co-feeling, and all the reservations one has about feeling count as well for co-feeling. But in giving themselves common words and common gestures, men who pray clearly speak their wish — their wish for a plenary presence of the Absolute at the heart of coaffection.

Keywords: God; experience; liturgy; prayer; Martin Heidegger; phenomenology; Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher; theology; coaffection; Edmund Husserl

Chapter.  5069 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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