Liturgical Language In African-american Worship And Preaching

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Language used in black preaching has a musical ring and rhythm. The spirit and delivery of this language has much to do with the emotional vitality of worship in black churches, a fine example of how the aesthetic qualities of language shape the meaning and experience of worship.

The Pervasiveness of the Idiom

One who observes the black church from within the context of its life as a worshiping community is soon struck by the degree to which the preaching is musical. The spectrum of musical...


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