Gatherings at the family table
The liturgy, the Eucharist and Christ our brother
in Faith in the family
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This chapter examines the relationship of English Catholics with Christ their ‘brother’ in his different guises as the Christ child, suffering Saviour and Sacred Heart. Nevertheless, the pre-eminent forms for this incarnated encounter were thought to be the Mass and host, and through an exploration of the marked changes to the language and form of the liturgy, this chapter illuminates associated and little-recognised shifts in Eucharistic theology. It argues that whilst these ‘gatherings at the family table’ articulated a transformed understanding of this relationship with Jesus, and utilised different tropes over this period, the Mass and the Eucharist remained at the centre of English Catholic devotional life.

Faith in the family

A lived religious history of English Catholicism, 1945–82


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