"Gordon Lathrop's Holy Things is a splendidly written invitation to all Christians to search anew for
Christian unity in the 'holy things' of the liturgy. The creative and challenging methodology used by this
outstanding Lutheran theologian who stands solidly in the critical Catholic tradition, offers the possibility
for a renewed ecumenical dialogue around the central worship experiences of the Christian faith."
--Thomas McGonigle, O.P.
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"Gordon Lathrop has given the church an exquisite gift. In a time when there is much casual and
thoughtless disregard for liturgy in the attempt to attract customers, Holy Things returns us to the rich and historic foundations of Christian worship which have the depth and power to effect the transformation we long for in the church."
--Craig L. Nessan
Word & World
"A rich and satisfying study which first seeks out the pattern and structure of Christian worship and
then examines the ordo of worship from within the experience of worship. . . . A book solidly placed
in the catholic tradition."
"Holy Things is a timely and vigorous exploration of the ordo of Christian liturgy, fully alive. ... A
powerful reading of liturgical theology turned toward the reform and renewal of the church. His book is at
once consonant with the ancient traditions and evangelically catholic focusing on essentials with the theological insight of a Luther and an ecumenical poet's sensibility."