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Lancelot Andrewes, the Preacher (1555-1626)The Origins of the Mystical Theology of the Church of England$
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Nicholas Lossky

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198261858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261858.001.0001

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The Great Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes

The Great Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes

(p.28) 2 The Great Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes
Lancelot Andrewes, the Preacher (1555-1626)

Nicholas Lossky

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Lancelot Andrewes's preaching of the liturgical character. Inspired by his fidelity to the Church and his own personal dedication to being in communion with the Catholic Church at all times and in all places, Andrewes compiled a collection of prayers that represented the prayers of the Church and reflected his own personal life. His prayers were deeply rooted in his experience and at the same time were ecclesial in nature. Like his prayers, Andrewes's sermons were not individualistic; rather they were expressions of communal faith marked by traditional forms of liturgy. In all his sermons, Lancelot Andrewes sought above all to awaken the English Church of his time to the spiritual experience that was his. Devoid of pedantry and with an unusual sense of pedagogy, Andrewes placed all his learning at the service of attaining the end which was to convert his hearers to the experience of God in the rectitude of the lex credendi.

Keywords:   preaching, liturgical, Church, ecclesial, sermons, communal faith, liturgy

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