Why Go to Church? : The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book, Paperback

Why Go to Church? : The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book Paperback

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Written by a spiritual master this is an important Lent title that examines what it means to celebrate the Eucharist, and in turn reminds us of our capability for love, hope and faith.The Eucharist writes Timothy Radcliffe is a three part drama, forming us in faith, hope and love.

In this book he examines what it means to celebrate the Eucharist.

Whilst other people experience it as boring and pointless, listening to the readings, the homily and the creed all take us through the crises and challenges of faith.

From the offertory through to the end of the Eucharistic prayer we are caught up in the hope that was Christ's, faced with Good Friday.

From the Our Father until we are sent on our way, especially in receiving communion, we are formed as people who are capable of love.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Christian prayerbooks
  • ISBN: 9780826499561



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This second book by Radcliffe sort of follows on from his previous book on Why Be A Christian, but as he states, it is not necessary to read that one first. Why Go Church closely examines each aspect of the liturgy (be it Roman Catholic or Anglican) and investigates the deeply symbolic and religious meanings behind each part. He beautifully brings the liturgy to life and his reasons for church ultimately are summed up as "we go to be sent from it" - that we may tell others of the joy and love we find therein.

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