Bound Together

Baptism, Eucharist, and the Church

Shawn O. Strout

Dec/2024, 224 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640657328

An exploration—and an affirmation—of the connection between the Church’s sacraments of initiation.​

Inviting the unbaptized to participate in the Eucharist has become an increasingly common practice in churches, as Christian communities explore ways to use the sacraments as an expression of openness and service. In this volume, sacramental theologian Shawn Strout reconsiders this trend. Arguing from church history, sacramental theology, and liturgical practice, Strout shows how baptism and the Eucharist form an indissoluble bond that is central to Christian initiation and community. The book’s conclusion turns to pastoral considerations and ecumenical relationships, showing the significance of the traditional ordo of baptism and Eucharist for the church.

An important text for clergy, scholars, and church leaders, Bound Together: Baptism, Eucharist, and the Church offers important reflections on an issue of pressing concern.

Shawn O. Strout is Assistant Professor of Worship and Associate Dean of Chapel at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in liturgical studies and sacramental theology. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles for journals such as Worship, The Anglican Theological Review, Studia Liturgica, and Anglican and Episcopal History. He is the author of three books, including "Of Thine Own Have We Given Thee": A Liturgical Theology of the Offertory in Anglicanism, Shepherding Souls: A Handbook for the Pastoral Offices, and Bound Together: Baptism, Eucharist, and the Church. Strout has been ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church for over ten years. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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