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Veni, veni, o Oriens... die erediens as kommunikatiewe handeling gerig op oriëntering, uitdrukking, verandering en verbintenis

E. Kloppers
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 37, No 1 | a461 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v37i1.461 | © 2003 E. Kloppers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2003 | Published: 01 August 2003

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E. Kloppers, Departement Praktiese Teologie, Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, South Africa

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Veni, veni, o Oriens... the worship service as communicative action aimed at orientation, expression, change and commitment

Through symbolic communication the experience of faith can be brought about and the Christian tradition actively transmitted in a worship service. In this article it is argued that in the worship service faith is communicated through various communicative actions by means of which symbolic communication on all levels is established. The worship service itself is an encompassing communicative action aimed at orientation, expression, change and commitment. The Triune God is the foundation of the worship service and the point of orientation. The love and presence of Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit are the conditions under which the expression of faith takes place and all communicative actions become performative. Through these actions commitment is brought about, participants come to a new understanding of faith, and fundamental change is experienced.


Commitment; Communicative Actions; Expression Of Faith; Orientation; Symbolic Communication; Worship Service


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