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The Ritual Reason Why

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The absolute best book on church liturgy and tradition was published in the late 1800’s, “The Ritual Reason Why” by Charles Walker. This is a very traditional book that describes just about everything you would ever want to know about the practice of worship…from amices to the use of candles.

It has never been republished, but the copywrite is no longer in place, and the book is openly available in the internet archive, here.

From the preface to the first edition a good explanation of why liturgy is important:

If it should at all tend to consolidate the essential connection between dogma and ceremonial, it will not have been written in vain; for ritual divorced from truth is of all things the most melancholy : it is worse than the Shadowless Man of the German fictionist it is a shadow without a substance, and an engine of Satan for the snaring of souls.

Some of the material relates to things that are rarely practiced today, but it provides a historic, tradition and Scriptural background for everything associated with our modern liturgies.

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Written by sameo416

February 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm

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