Continuing on with Marianne H. Micks appraisal of the role of space in liturgy she suggests that while theologians have suppressed or ignored the spatial character of liturgy it is prevalent in contemporary imagination (particularly the sciences and arts). Contemporary humanity, a
Micks chooses to look at three phenomena related to liturgical expressions and space: church buildings, orientation and matters of catholicity or universality in liturgical practices. My hope is to explore each of her three realms in a more detailed analysis.
First though, I want to deal with a couple of quite profound statements she makes as means of introduction to her three phenomena and how the liturgy comes to relevancy in the discussion.
Micks claims, “For man’s Weltanschauugen…are indeed rooted in his Lebenswelt.” For those of you who are not German scholars (which I am not either) a rough translation would be, “Our worldviews are rooted in our environments.” In essence, our surroundings shape our understandings. Most human anthropologists and even theologians of place would recognize the reciprocity of influence between humanity and place. But for Mick’s central concern it is how the liturgy (environment) shapes our outlook or worldview. She sums this up by saying, “the
Don Saliers has suggested that, “Patterns of prayer, reading, proclamation, and sacramental action are precisely the practices of communal rehearsal of the affections and virtues befitting ‘life in