Liturgical Theology


Liturgical theology is concerned with the meaning of Christian worship. It encompasses different approaches to searching for meaning, some of which begin from the ritual pictures and ceremonial scenes of the churches’ forms of worship, some which begin with ideas about Christian doctrine. Method in liturgical theology often discusses these different kinds of emphasis, the former associated with the Latin phrase lex orandi, the latter with the phrase lex credendi. It is increasingly common to place these in relation to further considerations to do with ethical living (lex agendi) and justice (lex Iustitiae). Key differences turn on questions about how context affects the meaning of worship.

It is important to notice that none of the above presumes that the meaning of Christian worship is contained in words that may be spoken in a service or written in a prayer book. It is safe to say that consideration of words alone falls short of a threshold for liturgical theology.

Search Terms

  • Liturgy
  • Worship
  • Assembly
  • Word
  • Sacrament
  • Ritual
  • Ceremony

Call Numbers

Public Worship: UG to UG69

Liturgical Worship: UH10 to UH90

Liturgies and Liturgical Books by Denomination: UJ10 to UT9


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