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The Lord’s Supper in the Reformed Church in America

Tradition in Transformation

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Christopher Dorn

In The Lord’s Supper in the Reformed Church in America: Tradition in Transformation, Christopher Dorn eloquently narrates the evolution that the celebration of the Lord’s Supper has undergone in the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Building on the work of scholars who have chronicled this history in the period spanning the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, Dorn extends the narrative into the twentieth century. He shows how the liturgical and ecumenical movements in this century created a climate in the RCA for liturgical research and reform – a climate that stimulated its leaders to reflect seriously on the formulation of its liturgy and their understanding of its use. In the last two chapters, he convincingly demonstrates how this process led to a reconception of the nature and meaning of the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.