Issue 102+ The History of Worship from Constantine to the Reformation

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History of Worship: Recommended resources

More reading about worship in church history.

The editors

A pilgrim’s Eucharist

In this excerpt from her autobiography, mystic and pilgrim Margery Kempe tells of her visit to the Holy Land and her desire to receive the Eucharist at various holy sites

Margery Kempe

Who led worship?

The wide variety of church leadership roles

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Of sermons and friars

Medieval devotion and preaching

The editors

What did the worship space look like?

Constantine changed church architecture

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Worship at the eve of the Reformation

Medieval people went to church to hear, to taste, to smell, and to see

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Clothes fit for a bishop

What the well-dressed bishop wore in the Middle Ages

Reprinted from the Oxford History of Christian Worship

What did “sacrament” mean to medieval Christians? And how many were there?

How the Middle Ages came to settle on seven sacraments

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Worship in the (supposed) “Dark Ages”

A pope’s ceremony described

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

What sorts of music did worshipers use?

The early Christians faced a musical dilemma

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Did worship still feature the Word?

What role did the Bible play?

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Worship in the newly legalized church

Egeria’s record of worship practices

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

A note from the managing editor

Christian History’s plans and your participation

Chris Armstrong

A Note from the Project Writer

Christians never stopped seeking out new ways to worship Christ

Jennifer Woodruff Tait
Issue 102+

History of Worship Guide

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