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Ordo Missæ: Missalen och missaletillägg i Svenska kyrkan 1942-1967
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Church and Mission studies, Ecclesiology.
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Axner, Torbjörn, Ordo Missæ. Missal supplements in Church of Sweden 1942–1967

This work is a study of a certain aspect of the liturgical movement in the Church of Sweden during the years 1942–1967. In 1942 a new Book of Order was published to some extent influenced by the international liturgical movement. However, for some liturgical activists this was not enough. Due to the legal structure of the Church of Sweden they were bound to the Book of Order and could not shape the liturgy according to their liturgical ideas. They chose to work under cover, publishing their own editions of the official Order of Mass supplied with material from the international liturgical movement. In the Swedish Lutheran tradition, missals have very few rubrics and liturgical instructions. These unofficial missals looked like the official and followed the official order of mass, but added complimentary prayers and instructions.  The liturgical activists were accused of introducing traditions, that were alien to the tradition of the Church of Sweden. Nevertheless, some of the material introduced in the unofficial missals in the 1940’s and 1950’s, some decades later became parts of the new official Book of Order of 1986. During the period, 1942–1967, the liturgical movement in Sweden was more or less the same as the association “Church Renewal” (Kyrklig förnyelse), a high-church organisation with international inspiration and connections.

Towards the end of this period of time new ideas were developing in all areas of society, including mainstream churches. In 1968 an official committee was appointed to conduct a revision of the Book of Order for the Church of Sweden. The committee introduced a period of official liturgical experiments within Church of Sweden. Some of the formerly rejected liturgical ideas were now tried out in the liturgical experiments and became part of the new Book of Order.

This study focuses on liturgical elements inspired by the international liturgical movement and how they influenced the liturgical development in the Church of Sweden. The author combines traditional text sources with studies of artwork in the missals and a liturgical database, based on a survey done on liturgical behaviour in 1965.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2014. , 308 p.
, Bibliotheca Theologiae Practicae, 93
Keyword [en]
Liturgical movement, Church of Sweden, Lutheran, High Church movement, Kyrklig förnyelse, post Second Vatican Council, ceremonial, missal, Church Art, Knut Peters, Hugo Blennow, Erik Abrahamsson, Bengt Olof Kälde
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223958ISBN: 978-91-7580-700-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223958DiVA: diva2:714581
Public defence
2014-05-23, Gustavianum, auditorium minus, 10:00 (Swedish)
Den kristna gudstjänstens innebörd. Svenska kyrkans förändringar i liturgin 1942-2000
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2014-04-29 Created: 2014-04-28 Last updated: 2014-04-29

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