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In die Skriflig

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In Skriflig (Online) vol.43 no.1 Cape Town Jan. 2009

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Mysterium tremendum et fascinons: Liturgical perspectives on the approach to God

 

Mysterium tremendum et fascinans: Liturgiese perspektiewe op die toenadering tot God

 

 

J.H. Cilliers

Department of Practical Theology & Missiology, University of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch. E-mail: jcilliers@sun.ac.za

 

 


ABSTRACT

This article proposes that the component of the approach to God, being part of an ancient sequence of worship, is liturgically neglected and should therefore be revisited. The important contribution of Rudolf Otto with regard to the approach to God is acknowledged here, culminating in his well-known phrase "mysterium tremendum et fascinans". In the light of this, some liturgical implications and perspectives are attended to, including liturgy as silence, awe, lament and affirmation.


OPSOMMING

In hierdie artikel word aangevoer dat die komponent van die toenadering tot God wat deel vorm van 'n tradisionele volgorde in die erediens, liturgies verwaarloos en dus herondersoek behoort te word. Die belangrike bydrae van Rudolf Otto, soos verwoord in die bekende frase "mysterium tremendum et fascinans", word in hierdie verband erken. In die lig van Otto se by-drae word aandag geskenk aan enkele liturgiese implikasies en perspektiewe, onder andere liturgie as stilte, verwondering, klag en bevestiging.


 

 

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