The Sound of the Liturgy

The Sound of the Liturgy

How Words Work In Worship

Cally Hammond


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Cally Hammond looks at how words function as carriers of semantic content (communicating facts and doctrines; telling stories; articulating emotions and spiritual perceptions) and then contrasts this with words as they function as physical entities striking the ear, so as to evoke emotions, memories and spiritual perceptions. This basic antithesis between words as carriers of meaning and words as evokers of feeling, emotion, and memory leads to four chapters that explore in fascinating detail the four main aspects of liturgical speech: posture, repetition, rhythm and punctuation.


Cally Hammond:
The Revd Dr Cally Hammond is the Dean of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. She previously worked in rural parishes in the diocese of Ely and is the author of Passionate Christianity (SPCK 2007).