The sacramental worship of the reformed tradition and its music
Tumilty, Richard Chapman
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From every quarter which is advocating serious reform there is a general concensus of opinion that there must be a re-examination of worship: sacramental worship must be central and it must be recognized as such. It alone fully expresses the mystery of the Incarnation, from which every Christian doctrine stems, and which, therefore, must receive primary expression in Christian worship. The closest element connected with sacramental worship is the observance of the Church Year. The place of lectionaries and the proper use of fixed forms of prayer and extemporaneous prayer must be given proper consideration. The richer forms which are being provided by the Churches give much more opportunity for congregational singing. A new field for a distinctive contribution to music is opened up by the emphasis on sacramental worship now developing. The "congregational service" and the prose Psalm provide two important fields for development. One of the most significant potentialities of the entire Church's renewed interest in sacramental worship is its relation to the Ecumenical Movement. The so-called liturgical Churches are evidencing just as vital a concern as the others in the matter of reforms in worship. It appears that the reforms being called for from all sides have something in common. It is probable that a fuller unity of Christendom shall again reveal the great Christian Sacrament in the wholeness of its many-sided glory.
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