Episode 4: Liturgies about Nothing


Listen to the fourth episode of The Living Church podcast!

Your hosts, Andrew Petiprin and Zachary Guiliano, dig into how the liturgy discloses the mystery of Christ. As a jumping-off point, they use Fr. Matthew Olver’s article, “Liturgy doesn’t ‘mean’ anything. It is something.” This article rose out of a discussion between authors on our weblog, Covenant, and challenges the idea that the liturgy’s ceremonial actions have primarily a symbolic or even pragmatic and aesthetic function. Also in this episode: discussion of the recent eclipse-o-pocalypse, the nature of “rubrical” authority, Anglican arguments over “the right way” to do liturgy, and your weekly dose of Neo-Platonism.

In our segment Recollection, Andrew commends a series of resources for acquainting children with the great Western tradition of music: Classical for Kids. Zack commends the new collaborative album by Sufjan Stevens, Planetarium, with its theologically rich (and confusing) lyrics, expressed in a techno/dance progressive mode.

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