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Church Life and Worship in a Lutheran Church: The Example of the Church of Sweden. A Historical Introduction
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Church and Mission studies, Church History.
2012 (English)In: The Meaning of Christian Liturgy: Recent Developments in the Church of Sweden / [ed] Oloph Bexell, Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012, 13-35 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An introduction to post-Reformation worship and its canges in the Church of Sweden. It is shown that the Reformation in Sweden (and todays Finland) was liturgically very conservative. The structure of the Mass is also today in continuation with the medieval Mass. After a period of decadence inspired from the Enlightenment during the 19th century, the restoration period begun  with the Agenda 1894. The celebration of the Eucharist was begun to be restored.  Until the middle of the 20th century the liturgy was very stiff and the ideal was that every service in every church in at least particular details have to be celebrated with exact the same words and rites. Anything else was prohibited as clerical self-indulgence. In the established Church everything in the liturgy formally was sanctioned by the King. This stiffness was successive and specially after Vaticanum II given up and today there rather is its opposite. The development is followed until c 2000, when there was a form of separation between Church and state in Sweden. The study also discusses the renewal of the Swedish Hymn Book. Today there is an unique ecumenical Hymn Book with 325 hymns common for all Christian Churches and denominations in Sweden (from Roman catholic and Lutherans to Baptists, Salvation Army  and Seventh-day-Adventists) where the reminding “confessional” hymns are published  in denominational parts and editions of this book.

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Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012. 13-35 p.
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History of Liturgy, Worship, Church of Sweden, Hymnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179663ISBN: 978-0-8028-6848-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179663DiVA: diva2:545761
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Available from: 2012-08-21 Created: 2012-08-21 Last updated: 2012-12-18Bibliographically approved

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