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Title: Liturgy: The Sacramental World par Exellence and the Church's True Politics
Subtitle: A Response to David Brown
Author(s): GELDHOF, Joris
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 39 Issue: 2 Date: 2015-2016
In this brief essay a case is made for a robust understanding of liturgy as well as for an intrinsic and necessary connection between liturgy and sacramentality. The point of departure of the present reflections is the observation that liturgy is often overlooked in contemporary accounts of sacramental theologians. Even though one could say that there is a certain rediscovery of sacramentality, it is striking that the most natural instance of it within a Christian worldview, the liturgy, is largely neglected. However, it is not despite of ritual and worship but precisely through the liturgy that Christian communities can continue to uphold, and live from, the sacramental principle which determines their identity. Therefore, it is suggested that the liturgy is not only constitutive of the sacramental world of Christian faith but that it is also the top priority of that which Christians are called to do in the context of contemporary cultures.