"The Liturgy Explained" by the Rev. James W. Farwell, Ph.D. Published


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Alexandria, VA
– Alexandria, VA – Virginia Seminary is proud to announce the publication of The Liturgy Explained, by the Rev. James W. Farwell, Ph.D., associate professor of theology and liturgy. Published by Morehouse, the book replaces the 1981 edition, and serves as a basic introduction to liturgy, accessible to those with no prior knowledge of the subject.

Divided into four chapters, the book looks at the liturgy from four angles –  namely, “Sacred Geography,” “Structure,”  “What We Do” and “Bodies in Motion.” Farwell touches on the significance of worship space, liturgical flow and structure, and examines the impact of liturgy in people’s lives.  The longest chapter is a careful walk through the Eucharist.

“This is an outstanding book,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary. “It really illuminates the significance of the order and the power of the aspects of the liturgy, the writing is clear and accessible, and it is packed full of helpful wisdom. It is a book everyone can enjoy.”

Farwell, who came to VTS in fall 2012, earned a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University in 2001. He holds an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary and a B.A. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1989, Farwell served in parish ministry for almost twenty years. He has also held the Thomas W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies while heading the humanities department at Bethany College and has taught liturgics at General Seminary.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and five different countries, for service in the Church.