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Bricolageliturgie: Liturgical Studies Revisited

Marcel Barnard
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 29, No 1 | a2 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v29i1.2 | © 2008 Marcel Barnard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 May 2008 | Published: 03 February 2008

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Marcel Barnard, Protestantse Theologische Universiteit, Netherlands

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This article examines a fifth trend, complementary to the four identified in a previous article, in contemporary liturgy visible in churches in the Netherlands as well as South Africa. Drawing on the specific case in the Netherlands of a service in which a minister was ordained, the tendency to mix liturgies is highlighted. This “cut-and-paste” liturgy can be described as “bricolage liturgy”. The term “bricolage” is not new: its use by Claude Lévi-Strauss and Jacques Derrida is investigated in order to better apply the term to liturgy. Bricolage liturgy is a-centrical and a-typical. Jesus Christ, then, is the point of departure for understanding the rituals of liturgy, without restricting a service to a set pattern.


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