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Liturgical Hospitality: Theological Reflections on Sharing in Grace

Author(s): Hans Boersma

Journal: Journal for Christian Theological Research
ISSN 1087-1624

Volume: 8;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2003;
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Looks at the Church's liturgy using the metaphor of hospitality; guided by the following assumptions: (1) that the Church's practice of hospitality is both a reflection and an extension of God's own hospitality (Reinhard Huetter); (2) that there is a participatory identity between Christ and the Church, with this connection implying that liturgical hospitality forms the primary shape of God's gracious hospitality in our world, specifically as that hospitality is mediated by the Church through the preaching of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments; (3) that liturgical hospitality cannot function properly without regard for boundaries, and consequently, some basis for exclusion. Upon the basis of these three assumptions this essay describes four practices of liturgical hospitality: evangelical, baptismal, Eucharistic, and penitential hospitality, noting their benefits and dangers.
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