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Echoing The Word
The Bible In The Eucharist
by Paula Gooder & Michael Perham
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Here is a book I didn't know I needed to read until I read it. And now I think more people should read it, not just those that are involved in saying the Eucharist (though I hope most of them have some understanding of what this book addresses, though they might want to have a quick refresh too!) but also those that attend church and hear and participate in the Eucharist. For there within the liturgy of the Eucharist (C of E Common Worship, Order One in particular, but I think much of this book would hold weight for any liturgical Eucharist that follows the same or similar form) is a lot more than you might really expect and it's deeply entrenched in the Bible - not just the passages about the Last Supper, not just the prayers drawn from the Bible, but deeper in the very way it is set out, the pauses and movements and arrangements, that all have a richer biblical significance. This book really helps you see how the Eucharist is not just mere ritual but is in some ways an active embodiment of the word of God.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (09/10/13)