Friday, 15 January 2016, 7.30 PM
The King’s College Chapel, Halifax
A Spirituality of the Word: The Medieval Roots of Anglican Worship
by Dr Jesse Billett, Trinity College, The University of Toronto
A common complaint about traditional Anglican worship is that it is based on the false assumption that the purpose of worship is to read as much scripture as possible, a position described by today’s scholars as the ‘Reformation Fallacy.’ But this criticism ignores the profound connection between Anglican tradition and medieval spirituality, which found in the recited words of scripture a path to personal communion with God. This spirituality found special expression in the music of the liturgy. A recovery of medieval insights can bring fresh life to Anglican worship in our own time.
Lecturer, Dr. Jesse Billett, joined the University of Toronto Faculty of Divinity as a full-‐time Assistant Professor in July 2012, having been a post-‐doctoral fellow at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and at the Centre for Medieval Studies in Toronto. His research has focused on the history of the Divine Office (the daily “hours” of prayer observed in religious communities) in the medieval West. Formerly a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, he is an experienced practitioner of sacred music, with a particular interest in Gregorian chant.