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The function of the Easter moment in the observance of the Eucharist amongst Christian communities framed by traditional African and current Western time-concepts

Rantoa S. Letšosa, Fritz W. de Wet, Ben J. de Klerk

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 32, No 1 (2011), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v32i1.474

Submitted: 28 October 2010
Published:  07 November 2011


Problematic elements in both the traditional African and current Western time-concepts seem to manifest in a manner that – in some or other way – causes humanity to become disconnected with the fulfilment of life in a future destiny that breaks through the entrapment of the perpetual present and cyclical past. In their research, the authors asked in what sense and to what extent time concepts can hinder the Christian worshipper in anchoring his or her life in the consummating, witness-energising power of communion with the living, timetransforming Christ and faith in the imminence of his return. In addressing this research problem, key elements in traditional African and current Western time conceptualisation were described, as well as the role of the Easter moment (as it manifests in the observance of the Eucharist) in transforming problematic elements in these particular manifestations of time conceptualisation. In conclusion, preliminary theoretical anchors were formulated for the function of the observance of the Eucharist and its role in transforming various enslaving and disconnecting aspects of cultural time conceptualisation.

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Author affiliations

Rantoa S. Letšosa, North-West University, South Africa
Fritz W. de Wet, North-West University, South Africa
Ben J. de Klerk, North-West University, South Africa


African; Easter; Eucharist; time-concep; traditional; Western


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