Louis Weil, Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite

New York, New York: Seabury Books, 2013. 140 pages. Kindle Edition. ASIN B00BFJXY4E

Written in particular for priests and other worship leaders in The Episcopal Church, Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite focuses on historical developments in the theology and practice of presiding at the Eucharist, with special attention to how the Eucharistic rites and rubrics of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church represent a significant if not complete recovery of early Christian liturgical celebration in general and presiding in particular.

I am aware of no other book, anywhere, that provides so clear and thorough while also brief a review of the history of the pivotal changes in how Western Christians, ecumenically and worldwide, have approached celebrating and presiding in worship beginning in the second half of the 20th century.

“The liturgy is the common prayer of the Church . . . [o]ur common faith is nourished through that very commonality . . . and . . . by placing us on familiar ground, to remind us . . . of what God has done from Creation to this very day.” (Kindle Location 1380)

—Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church