Worship in the Middle Ages Compared With Worship in the Reformation Period

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In this paper I will compare and contrast the different elements of worship in the Middle Ages with the worship in the Reformation period. To begin with I will point out the difference in languages. In the previous period we see that the Western church was more rigid in using Latin in its services, whereas the Eastern church was more adaptable to the common language. In the middle ages we start to see a similar break up in the Western churches, with the churches in the Protestant movement moving towards the common peoples vernacular. So during the Middle ages people did not participate as much because they did not understand what was going on, while in the Reformation period they did not participate as much because there was a move away …show more content…
Reformers could also get their interpretation of scripture out in mass, which is very different from the middle ages when even in the worship service most communication was not understood by the body (Shields & Butzu, 2007, p. 245). Fourthly, we also see a movement from very detailed daily routines towards a weekly meeting like we have now. As I mentioned people were becoming more literate, so people could keep their own Bible, and their own prayer book with different prayers, psalms, creeds, etc. So during the Reformation we actual see the Protestant church leaders teaching on a regular basis for those who are able to attend (Shields & Butzu, 2007, p. 238). However, it seems like a great amount of people were only able to attend on a weekly basis, and sometimes meeting that frequently proved difficult for the people who were struggling to get by. I mean imagine yourself on the North American frontier, in which you had to wait a great amount of time for a preacher to do something like a baptism or wedding (though I would argue that any godly person in isolation has been equipped by God to take on those ordinances in such situations). Fifthly, we see a lot of movement in the view of the Table. The Roman Catholic view of the real presence

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