Ritual, Church and Popular Religious Identity
By (author) Peter McGrail
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First Communion by Peter McGrail
Book DescriptionOne of the most carefully prepared liturgies of any Roman Catholic parish's year is the celebration of 'First Communion'. This is the ritual by which seven- or eight -year-old children are admitted to the Eucharist for the first time. It attracts the largest congregations of any parish liturgy, and yet is frequently marked by tension and dissent within the parish community. The same ritual holds very different meanings for the various parties involved - clergy, parish schools, regularly communicating parishioners, and the first communicants and their families. The tensions arise from dissonance between the parties on such key issues as expected patterns of Church attendance, Catholic identity, dress and expenditure, and family formation. The relationships and discontinuities between popular and 'official' religion is at the heart of these tensions. They touch upon deep-seated anxieties concerning the future viability of the very structures and patterns of parish life during the current period of falling Church attendance and parish closures. For those within the Church who are concerned to understand and address the issues in its structural decline, this book will make sometimes uncomfortable but always stimulating reading. Peter McGrail examines the relationship between Church structures and popular religious identity, viewed through the lens of the first communion event. Drawing out hitherto unrecognised connections and significances for the future of the Catholic Church at local level, the insights into the decline of the parish as an institution present challenges to all with an interest in and concern for the future of the Church in the English-speaking world. Bringing to the fore the relationship and tensions between liturgy and Church structures, both historically and at the present time, this book offers academics and students alike extensive material for reflection and future development..
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780754657415
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Peter McGrail
Revd Dr Peter McGrail is Senior Lecturer of Catholic Studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK. He is a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool with over twenty years of pastoral experience. He has worked extensively at diocesan and national levels in the fields of liturgy and catechesis, was Director of Pastoral Formation for the Archdiocese from 1997-2006, is currently a member of the Liturgy Committee of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and Chair of its Liturgical Formation sub-committee. This book is developed from fieldwork and reflection around his long-standing interest in the relationship between liturgy and broader societal and cultural trends, especially as evidenced in the celebration of first communion. He has contributed a chapter entitled 'Display and Division: Congregational Conflict among Roman Catholics' in Mathew Guest and Karin Tusting (eds), Congregational Studies in the UK, Ashgate (2004).
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