Liturgical Elements
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Liturgical Elements
Liturgical elementsLiturgical elements refers to the corporate expressions of praise to God or Christ that were developed into fixed forms through constant and repeated usage in the public worship of the early churches. In the Pauline corpus, the most common liturgical elements mentioned are: creedal
Catholic Bible Dictionary
LITURGY The public worship of the people of God. In biblical religion, this involves various cultic acts such as the offering of sacrifice and incense, the proclamation of sacred texts, the recitation of prayers, the singing of sacred music, and the administration of sacraments. The shape and substance
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Liturgy: Qumran
LITURGY: QUMRANLiturgy, religious speech which is by its nature fixed rather than spontaneous, is rare in the Hebrew Bible. The rabbis identified only eight instances (m. Soṭa 7:2) that they accepted as liturgical: the paragraph of the firstfruits (Deut 26:3, 5–10), the rite of halitzah (Deut 25:7,
Liturgy: Rabbinic
LITURGY: RABBINICTraditional Jewish liturgy took shape in various stages over a number of centuries. Arguably the most important achievement of rabbinical Judaism was the establishment and institutionalization of the basic liturgical form of communal worship. This process took place after the destruction
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Liturgical Elements
Liturgical ElementsThe notion that “the New Testament was, in a sense, a liturgical book” (Cabaniss 1989, 44–45) is a growing trend among NT interpreters. This suggestion is based on the observations that the letters or books of the NT were first read during public worship (1 Thess 5:27; Col 4:16) and
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Liturgy (Gk. λειτουργία from λεώς ‘people’ and ἔργον ‘work’). The original Gk. word was used of a public work of any kind, not only religious, but in the *Septuagint it is applied particularly to the services of the *Temple. The word in English is used in two senses: (1) of all the prescribed services
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
Liturgy, Reformed
Liturgy, ReformedReformed worship glorifies God, the holy God, whose gracious salvation is a free, undeserved gift. Therefore Reformed worship can be described as “objective”; with awe it glorifies the sovereign God, yet it is essentially thankful.If medieval worship had become an “office,” a propitiatory
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Liturgy, in its ecclesiastical use, properly denotes the service of the Holy Supper, but has been extended to all fixed services of the Church and to the orders for ministerial acts. It is derived from a Greek word meaning a public function.Two constituents of Christian worship have been given from
Agenda Controversy
Agenda Controversy. The controversy occasioned by the new Prussian Liturgy, introduced by Frederick William III. In 1787 some of the congregations petitioned for amendment of the Agenda; 1798 a commission of Lutheran and Reformed theologians was appointed to look into the matter. The disorders of the
A Catholic Dictionary
liturgies. I. Meaning of the Word.—The word λειτουργία means a public service, and specially at Athens a public service which the richer citizens discharged at their own expense. The theocratic constitution of the Jewish commonwealth naturally led the Septuagint translators to use λειτουργία and the
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Liturgy in general, signifies a form of prayer and ceremonial established by ecclesiastical authority, to be used in the public services of the Church, but is especially applied to the service used in the celebration and administration of the Eucharist. To veil the sacred mysteries from the gaze of vulgar
Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
Liturgy and Worship
LITURGY AND WORSHIPThe liturgy is that order of worship that has developed throughout Christian history and has been adapted in various ways in the many Christian denominations. It is the expression of Christian tradition that embodies the developing practices of worship that God’s people have used
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Liturgy, Liturgical Movement“Liturgy” derives from Greek laos, “people,” and ergon, “work,” which combine to form leitourgia, “public service,” or service in general. In Luke 1:23 it is used of Zechariah’s service as a priest; in Heb. 8:6 of the ministry or high-priestly office of Jesus; and in Heb.
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
liturgy. From Greek leitourgia, “religious service” (e.g., Lk 1:23; Phil 2:17; Heb 8:6; 9:21; 1 Clem. 40.2, 5; 44.2; cf. verb leitourgeō at Acts 13:2; Heb 10:11), a corporate religious service rendered to God by the people, including *Sunday worship, the *Daily Office, *baptism, the *Eucharist, etc.
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Liturgy of the Eucharist. The section of the worship service devoted to *Communion. It follows the *Liturgy of the Word and the *offertory. Order and elements vary somewhat, but generally, especially in the WC, the service of the Eucharist approximates that laid out in table 2.Table 2. Western Eucharistic
Liturgy of the Word
Liturgy of the Word. The section of the worship service that focuses on *lessons from the Scriptures. Always preceding the *Liturgy of the Eucharist (as early as Justin, 1 Apol. 67), it usually includes the *homily/*sermon and *intercessions (cf. CCC 1349). The WC form approximates what is found in table
Geneva Liturgy
Geneva liturgy. The order of worship *Calvin brought to Geneva after spending time with Martin Bucer at Strasbourg. It was the basis for John Knox’s Genevan Service Book (1556) that influenced the Scottish Presbyterian order of worship.
Heavenly Liturgy
heavenly liturgy. The view that the earthly liturgy reflects or participates in the heavenly worship (Germ. 1; 6), likely as old as the book of Revelation, the Gospel of Matthew (the Lord’s Prayer: “on earth as it is in heaven”) and Hebrews (Heb 12:22–23). Biblical language implies heavenly access through
Lima Liturgy
Lima Liturgy (1982). An idealized service of worship (including celebration of the *Eucharist) developed by the World Council of Churches and exemplifying the recommendations of *Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry.
ancient-future. A paradigmatic approach to liturgical study and implementation that takes into consideration both the history of Christian liturgy in its various stages and the unfolding reality of contemporary thought (Robert Webber, Ancient-Future: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World,
inculturation. Regarding liturgy, the dynamic process whereby liturgical traditions developed within one culture are assimilated and adapted by another culture having its own established religio-cultural beliefs and practices (e.g., as occurs in crosscultural mission work). Inculturation has been an
Liturgical Dance
liturgical dance. A dance that takes place as part of the worship service. Precedent can be found in the OT (2 Sam 6:14; Eccles 3:4; Ps 149), and Greco-Roman *cults frequently included dance (e.g., the orchēstra, “dancing space,” as part of Dionysian tragedy; cults of Isis and Cybele). Yet there are
Liturgical Drama
liturgical drama. A mytho-cultic *religious reenactment of a significant religious story or event (mythos understood as hieros logos, “sacred story”). Isaiah 40–55 has recently been argued to be an ancient liturgical drama (including hymns, processions and dance; see Baltzer), and Western theater itself
Penitential Order
Penitential Order. A *rite of examination, *confession and *absolution (called “An Order for Preparation” in CW) that precedes the *Liturgy of the Word. In Protestant liturgies it is optional, and not conducted if confession of sin and absolution are part of the service.