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Remembrance as an optical mind-lens in the editing of memories by means of participatory listening in liturgy

Ferdi P. Kruger
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 40, No 1 | a2005 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v40i1.2005 | © 2019 Ferdi P. Kruger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 April 2019 | Published: 31 October 2019

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Ferdi P. Kruger, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

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Research indicates that worshippers have to contend with a process of remembrance (recognition) when they participate in liturgy. This article identifies two focal points within the listening process, namely listening as a predominant activity during participation as well as listening that leads to changes in perception, which, in turn, lead to a difference in actions. The research question is: What kind of dynamic perspectives emanate from research on remembrance as a process that edits memories to enable listeners to cultivate a cognisance of seeing? A listener’s remembrance has to do with recollecting familiar things, events and words. Remembering brings new meaning and understanding. Recognition is the spark that ignites participants’ ability to take part in the listening process. This investigation was conducted on the basis of a practical–theological vantage point and interdisciplinary engagement with social psychology and communication sciences. Anamnesis was examined from the perspective of recognition as viewed in terms of the sermon to the Hebrews. The article closes with perspectives on the creative functioning of recognition as a part of active listening.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This research has an inter-disciplinary focus. The concept of recognition (remembrance) is scrutinised in utilising perspectives from the viewpoint of social psychology as well as communication sciences in order to indicate why active listening is pivotal during the act of listening to sermons.


remembrance; recognition; homiletics; liturgics; memories


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