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Author(s): Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar | Ruff, Anthony W.
[German Version] I. Bible – II. Liturgy – III. Music I. Bible Alleluia (Heb. “praise YHWH”) is the psalmists' call to praise addressed to various groups and peoples which develops into a terminus technicus for liturgical songs of praise in the Psalter (Psalms/Psalter) itself and in its reception, reflecting the Psalter's dynamic of prayer Prayer: II) from Lament. Earlier individual songs of lament formulate the traditional promise to offer praise with the Hebrew verb הלל/ hll (“I will praise”; e.g. Pss 22:23; 35:18; 56:5, 11; 69:31, 35); the…

Baptismal Renewal/Reminder

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Author(s): Ruff, Anthony W.
[German Version] Baptism is the foundational sacrament of Christian life and identity. Consequently, a series of forms for commemorating baptism and symbolically recalling baptism has developed: the use of holy water as a sign of the anniversary of one's baptism, the confession of faith ( symbolum[Confession [[of faith]]]), the Paternoster and aspersion with holy water before the Sunday Eucharist. In the Middle Ages, holy water was seen as apotropaic, and the celebration of the annual baptismal commemoration died out, the meaning of the symbolum and the Paternoster in relation…