Baumgarten, Barbara Dee. Vestments for All Seasons. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2002. 143 Pages. Paper. $19.00. http://www.churchpublishing.org/ (LHP)
Michno, Dennis G. Illustrations by Richard E. Mayberry. Revisions for Third Edition by Christopher Webber. A Priest's Handbook: The Ceremonies of the Church (Third Edition). Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 1998. 299 Pages. Cloth. $35.00. http://www.churchpublishing.org/ (L)
Provance, Brett Scott. Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Downer's Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009. 136 Pages. Paper. $8.00. http://www.ivpress.com/ (L)
Klein, Patricia S. Worship Without Words: The Signs and Symbols of our Faith Expanded Edition. Brewster, MA: Paraclete, 2007. 255 Pages. Paper. $19.95. http://www.paracletepress.com/ (L)
The term "rubric" is similar to the English word "ruby," reminding us that directions during a liturgy were traditionally printed in red to contrast with the black of the usual liturgical texts. (My favorite is the burgundy color for rubrics printed with the black text on the ivory pages of Lutheran Service Book.)
It has been my experience first as a layman and now as a pastor that Christians may not know (or remember) why Christians do what they do during a church service. Four books recently crossed my desk that shed light on Christian liturgical practice.
The first two have an Episcopal perspective.
First up, Vestments for All Seasons.