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Nigel Yates

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270133.001.0001

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Reformation Legacy: Catholic Buildings and Protestant Worship

Reformation Legacy: Catholic Buildings and Protestant Worship

(p.23) 2 Reformation Legacy: Catholic Buildings and Protestant Worship
Buildings, Faith, and Worship

Nigel Yates

Oxford University Press

The inevitable consequence of the Reformation in those parts of Europe where reform was carried out as a matter of state policy was that the existing churches had to be adapted to new liturgical requirements. In the short term, of course, many of the clergy and congregations of the new Reformed Churches were identical to those that had worshipped in the same church buildings as Catholics. Although the new forms of service enacted by statute were observed in most churches, other aspects of liturgical change, particularly in relation to church furnishings, occurred more slowly. On the whole, it was the towns where reform was carried out most quickly, and isolated rural areas where there was the most resistance to change. In parts of Wales, Catholic practices survived until the end of the 16th century.

Keywords:   Reformation, clergy, Reformed Churches, Europe, congregations, church buildings, church furnishings, liturgical change

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