Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology

by Gordon W. Lathrop. Fortress Press, 1998.

Lathrop studies the primary patterns in which meaning occurs in the Christian assembly, the actual experience of those patterns as a way Christians speak about God, and the application of those patterns to currently debated questions of liturgical renewal. It is deeply rooted in the historical development of Christian liturgy, but urges that its best application can be found in the local congregations where Christians gather week after week. The liturgy is the most important aspect of congregational life for many Christians; the book will help them understand the theology of that liturgy.