This work of ready-reference is intended for use by anyone interested in the subject of worship. It contains over 800 entries, many of them simple definitions but with full-length articles tracing the history of the object or practice described. Bibliographical references are given for the main items, and a special feature where a liturgical document is concerned is the listing of original texts and, when available, of translations, together with critical studies if there are any directly bearing upon the subject. The lexicon is ecumenical and also covers all the Christian centuries, and is designed as a tool for all students of worship.
Reverend John Gordon Davies (20.04.1919-13.12.1990) was educated at King's School (Chester), Christ Church (Oxford) and Westcott House (Cambridge). He worked in the dockland parish of Rotherhithe and as Professor in Theology at the University of Birmingham. He was also Director of the Institute for the Study of Worship and Religious Architecture in the University. Publications: The Origin and Development of Early Christian Church Architecture, 1952 Daily Life in the Early Church: Studies in the Church Social History of the First Five Centuries, 1952 Social Life of Early Christians, 1954 He Ascended into Heaven, 1958 Holy Week, 1963 The Early Christian Church, 1965 A Select Liturgical Lexicon, 1965 New Perspectives on Worship Today, 1978 Pilgrimages Yesterday and Today: why? where? how?, 1988 Editor & Translator: Ecumenical studies in worship