Maxwell Johnson has made multiple contributions to our understanding of liturgical history and liturgical theology. This volume honors his work by offering a set of important essays by respected scholars that bridge the distance between scholarship and praxis, to be accessible and relevant to both pastoral ministers and academic theologians.
It is organized according to three categories: liturgical year, Christian initiation, and Eucharist. Within these categories, the contributors are especially attentive to three important aspects of liturgical history: the role that important figures in liturgical history played as liturgical pastors how liturgical history has been used in shaping contemporary liturgical rites and prayers how liturgical history informs contemporary understandings and beliefs
Ultimately, the book pays tribute to Johnson's contributions to the life of the church by exploring ways that the study of liturgical history might help the church remain faithful to God and to the sacramental worldview that continues to define and characterize classic Christianity.
Contributors include: Stefanos Alexopoulos Paul F. Bradshaw Michael Daniel Findikyan Ruth Langer Lizette Larson-Miller Christian McConnell Anne McGowan David A. Pitt Walter D. Ray Nicholas V. Russo Bryan D. Spinks Robert F. Taft, SJ Jeffrey A. Truscott Gabriele Winkler
David A. Pitt is associate professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He also serves as organist for St. John's Episcopal Church, Dubuque.
Stefanos Alexopoulos is assistant professor of liturgy at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens, Greece. He is also parish priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, Halandri, Greece.
Christian McConnell is assistant professor of liturgical studies and director of basic degree programs at the University of St. Michal's College in Toronto, Ontario. He is director of liturgical music at St. Joan of Arc Parish, Toronto.