In this exploration of the foundations of Anglican worship, Louis Weil invites the laity to claim their true baptismal role and serve alongside the ordained as ministers and celebrants of the liturgy. He explains how the contribution of the people of God has steadily diminished over the centuries and why it is necessary to reclaim it today in the midst of Anglicanism's increasing multiculturalism. Since Anglicans are longer primarily English-speakers worshiping in Gothic cathedrals, Weil challenges us to engage new forms of culture, music, liturgical prayers, and dance in order to renew Anglicanism for the new century.
Louis Weil is James F. Hodges Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In his over four decades of teaching he has contributed to several ecumenical dialogues and has lectured on five continents. He is the author of Liturgy for Living, Sacraments and Liturgy: The Outward Signs, Gathered to Pray, and over a hundred articles on liturgy.