The Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art


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The Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art by Christopher Irvine, with a Foreword by Rowan Williams.

‘The cross is not only the ubiquitous symbol of Christianity lifeand worship,’ declares Christopher Irvine in the introduction to this wide-ranging study. Here we learn how the cross can be read and understood by exploring its place and function in the architectural setting of Christian worship, and in the artwork that is placed there, as well as in its rituals and worship,we begin to see how Christ’s sacrifice is related both to the Eucharist and to the natural world as God’s creation.

The Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art also reveals how art and Christian worship open up a liturgical way of seeing the cross as a sign of life, of God’s intention to make creation anew. It encourages us to see worship – a celebration of creation and our stewardship of it – as a fitting response to the Christian vision of life flourishing in paradise.

Christopher Irvine is the Canon Librarian and Director of Education at Canterbury Cathedral, and was formerly the Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. A Trustee of Art and Christian Enquiry, he also serves on the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. He has written widely in the field of liturgical theology and his books include The Art of God: The making of Christians and the meaning of worship (2005) and The Use of Symbols in Worship (2007), both published by SPCK.