In The Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art Christopher Irvine explores how the cross can be read and understood by exploring its place and function in the architectural setting of Christian worship, in the artwork that is placed there, and in rituals and worship texts. Thus, Irvine recovers the links between the cross and creation and relates the baptismal covenant to a commitment to care for creation. Readers will begin to see how Christ's sacrifice is related both to the Eucharist and to the natural world as God's creation.
Clergy and laity who are particularly interested in worship and art will find this book, which includes a four-color section, very helpful. Irvine encourages readers to see worship as a fitting response to the Christian vision of life flourishing in paradise. Includes four-color illustrations.
Christopher Irvine is a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He has been a parish priest as well as a university chaplain, tutor, and vice principal at St Stephen's House and principal of the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield. He is the author of The Use of Symbols in Worship, The Art of God, and co-author of Art and Worship published by Liturgical Press.