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Author(s): Michael Perham
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The seasonal liturgies at the heart of the Christian year have the ability to touch individuals and whole church communities in a way that changes lives.
This practical and theological companion to Lent, Holy Week and Easter offers advice on creatively using the church's most dramatic and transformative liturgies.
It explores how commemorating Jesus' death and resurrection is more than a reminder of the essentials of our faith, but also enables us to enter the familiar stories and discover their power to make us more Christlike in the painful events of life.
Written principally for those who celebrate the liturgy - clergy, readers, local ministry teams, ordinands and others, it stretches from the beginning of Lent to the end of the Great Fifty Days, with a particular focus on Holy Week.
For each event in this season, it:
o Tells briefly how it has been observed in Christian tradition
o Explores how the official liturgies can be used creatively in different pastoral contexts
o Reflects on the narratives theologically and in terms of their power to transform.
Michael Perham was a key architect of Common Worship and is the author of a number of books on the study and practice of liturgy. The former Bishop of Gloucester, he now lives in Somerset.