The past several decades have witnessed a shift in the approach to the Spirit. Since the mid 1960s, scholarly attention has been focused on the role of the Holy Spirit in the modern - and now increasingly postmodern and 'post-Christian' - world:
first, there has been a resurgence of interest in the pneumatology of past eras
second, studies of the Spirit from a Pentecostal and Charismatic perspective have entered the mainstream of contemporary theological discussion and scholarship
third, interest in the Spirit has intersected with feminist, liberationist, ecological, global and interfaith concerns, among others, to produce a multitude of new constructive theological proposals in which the Spirit plays a prominent part
Now it is time to give attention to the liturgical role of the Spirit and the study of worship as a site of the Spirit's presence and work - an approach that is thoroughly and expertly discussed in Eucharistic Epicleses.