Original Research - Practical Theology

Liturgy as space for anticipation

Johan Cilliers
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 2 | a1020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.1020 | © 2011 Johan Cilliers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 January 2011 | Published: 03 October 2011

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Johan Cilliers, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


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Abstract

This article proposes that the notion of liturgical space, understood in conjunction with the original Greek concept of space, is not only a quantitative, physical locality, but also a primary qualitative possibility for existence, a meaningful womb, a neighbourhood for imagination and a space for anticipation. Three consequences of this proposal are discussed, namely liturgy as waiting on the elusive presence (presence of absence) of God, celebration as (metaphorical) dance of hope, and the need for liturgical refiguring.

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Holy Spirit; Pneumatology; Early Church; Patristics; Early Christian Confession; Church Fathers; Apostolicum

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