Sacramentality: A disputed notion in the Anglican Church of Australia

Brian Douglas, Jane Douglas

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This article explores the notion of sacramentality in the Anglican Church of Australia where there is great divergence in the form of eucharistic liturgy and in the philosophical assumptions underlying eucharistic theology. The article begins with the idea that sacramentality is a genuine expression of human experience and that the Christian church would benefit from a reinvigoration of the sacramental.
It goes on to examine the situation in the Anglican Church of Australia where the distinct differences between church parties, based in constitutionally separated dioceses, has resulted in the production and use of distinctly different eucharistic liturgies, expressing divergent theologies of the Eucharist based on differing philosophical assumptions. A closer examination of the theologies expressed in the various liturgical products of the national prayers book (A Prayer for Australia, 1995) and liturgical products in the Evangelical Diocese of Sydney (Sunday Services, 2001 and Common Prayer, 2012) exposes the significant divergence in liturgical theology. The article concludes with a discussion of the present situation in the Anglican Church of Australia and the possible need for more dialogue in a situation that will inevitably result in liturgical differences across the nation. While this lack of unity seems bleak, the potential for authentic dialogue is a source of hope.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-142
Number of pages15
JournalQuestions Liturgiques: studies on liturgy
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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