Professor Otto’s Liturgical Suggestions

The Rev Professor H R Mackintosh, D Phil, Th D, DD, Edinburgh

Professor H R  Mackintosh describes proposals for liturgical reform in the Lutheran Church made by Rudolph Otto on the basis of ideas explored in his “original and provocative book”.   The Idea of the Holy, noting that “Otto is not primarily keen to make Church services interesting or attractive”, but to foster inwardness and recollectedness.  Otto’s ideas for regular Sunday morning services on the basis of  developing the Christian year with the assigning of a theme to each Sunday after Trinity are then explored and a quotation from Otto covering two pages is given.  Finally his ideas for the Communion service, not closely related to regular Sunday morning worship, are described.

Volume 04 1931-32, p12