Protestant Sacramentalism

Rev Arthur Halfpenny

Sacramental dimensions of ordinary life and in religion. The place of the arts (and their absence in much Presbyterian worship) is noted, as is the importance of gesture and posture. Roman Catholic views of the such matters are contrasted with those which have emerged in the Protestant tradition and the charge that a recovery of the latter would compromise our position is countered. In particular, the understanding of what is believed to happen during a eucharistic celebration is discussed, where an emphasis on spiritual reception is favoured. The author argues for the reinstatement of a central altar to bring more to the fore the elements of offering and sacrifice inherent in Communion, seeing the proper position of the minister not as behind the table but in the midst of the people.

Volume 22 Spring 1990, p5
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