The Spiritual Practice of Ritually Enacted Narrative: Expanding Pilgram Marpeck's Understanding of Action in the Lord's Supper

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The Spiritual Practice of Ritually Enacted Narrative: Expanding Pilgram Marpeck's Understanding of Action in the Lord's Supper

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dc.contributor.advisor Studzinski, Raymond en_US
dc.contributor.author Miller, Heidi Anne en_US
dc.contributor.other Loewe, William R. en_US
dc.contributor.other Witczak, Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-11T17:13:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-11T17:13:05Z
dc.date.created 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-09-11
dc.identifier.other Miller_cua_0043A_10243 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/11521
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Spirituality. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description.abstract Anabaptists have argued for the importance of community expressed in the social dimensions of the Eucharist while neglecting its liturgical and sacramental rooting. Thus, a jump from text to social action ensues.This study expands upon the early Anabaptist Pilgram Marpeck's (c. 1495-1556) understanding of action in the Lord's Supper. His theology finds expression in mitzeugnus, God's action of co-witness with the church in which an inseparable whole is formed with the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. For Marpeck, the Eucharist "makes" the church. It is an action in which no separation exists between the inner and outer reality represented. His work provides a solid place to begin a deeper engagement with the Eucharist, and also helps Anabaptists reconsider the notion of action, which they hold so dear in their ethical emphasis.To assist in this reconsideration of action, this interdisciplinary study will attend to significant sections of Paul Ricoeur's work, which provide further development of the intricacies of action. His philosophical hermeneutic of meaningful human action shows how action can be considered as text. Thus the Eucharist is seen as an "hyper-ethical" act" which re-orients human action. This understanding leads to a consideration of ritually enacted narrative, an innovative window into what helps change us. Talal Asad's work with ritual, along with other scholars, will help further amplify some of the insights drawn from Marpeck and Ricoeur.This study shows how the overarching narrative of God coming among us in the birth, life, death, and rising of Jesus Christ is encountered in the Eucharist and can serve as an awakening critique for the church. The expansion of action in the Eucharist continues with a "turn towards the body," leading to a hermeneutic of gesture, performative embodiment, a spiritual deepening of ritual practices, and an appreciation of the Eucharist as God's gesture.In sum, this study commends the centrality of the Eucharist as the gesture of God that we are to enact. Here we discover the potential of transformation within ritually enacted narrative. We become the gesture of God to the world. en_US
dc.format.extent 161 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Spirituality en_US
dc.subject Theology en_US
dc.subject.other Anabaptist en_US
dc.subject.other narrative en_US
dc.subject.other Paul Ricoeur en_US
dc.subject.other ritual en_US
dc.subject.other Talal Asad en_US
dc.subject.other worship en_US
dc.title The Spiritual Practice of Ritually Enacted Narrative: Expanding Pilgram Marpeck's Understanding of Action in the Lord's Supper en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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