27th March 2017
For most of our RS A Level students attending an Evensong & Benediction service was not only something new but also a shift in their understanding of liturgical language.
The service with all its components such as a thurible with incense, humeral veil, monstrance, etc helped the students to understand some of the philosophical discourse in why objects have significant meaning to worshippers. In their A2 Religious Language unit the students begin to evaluate concepts such as Wittgenstein's 'language game theory' and Tillich's proposition that religious signs and symbols point to a 'deeper' or 'greater reality.'
During refreshments the students had a chance to quiz the Rector and feedback from the visit revealed that most felt it to be a 'special', 'fragile or 'sacred' (set apart) moment.