The Language of the Nicene Creed and the Anglican Liturgy: Unlocking the Riches of Old-Fashioned Language, Part 2 (Podcast)
The language used in liturgical worship often sounds formal or old-fashioned to those who are unfamiliar with it — but in the stately language of the older liturgies, prayers, and creeds is a treasure trove of spiritual richness. In this lecture, I take listeners through a guided tour of the Rite I liturgy for Holy Communion, with special emphasis on the Nicene Creed and the prayers spoken by the congregation. We’ll discover the theological significance of the verb in phrases like “Glory be to God” and “He shall come again, in glory.” And we will look at two prayers in depth that are well suited to private devotions as well as public worship.
Also check out Part 1 of this lecture: Thee, Thou, and All That: Unlocking the Riches of Old-Fashioned Language in Scripture and Prayer, Part 1.
This talk is especially aimed toward Anglicans and Episcopalians who use the “Rite 1? liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer (or who don’t use it, because they’re intimidated by it!) but it’s very relevant to any Christian who’s ever encountered “old-fashioned” language in the Bible or devotional books.