Liturgy as Narrative

The modern narrative is a plot structure used to build stories in a way to make them engaging and relatable. It pulls the audience in and makes them part of the story and allows them to live vicariously through the characters. When the story is over, you’ve taken the journey with the hero and sometimes, depending on the story, some part of you has changed along with the hero.

The modern narrative is really the application of an ancient pattern which I’ve found was also used in the liturgies of the church.

Using Divine Setting Two, walk along with me as I look at the liturgy as narrative.

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