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Joint Liturgical Studies

Joint Liturgical Studies offers a valuable contribution to the study of liturgy. Each issue considers a particular aspect of liturgical development, such as the origins of the Roman rite, Anglican Orders, welcoming the Baptised, and Anglican Missals. It is aimed at all with an academic interest in worship.

It is published twice a year in partnership with the Alcuin Club, which promotes the study of Christian liturgy, and the Group for Renewal of Worship (GROW).


Volume 86: The Spirit in Liturgy and Doctrine: A liturgical-systematic dialogue in the fourth century church in Egypt and Cappadocia

Thomas McLean

This Joint Liturgical Study is concerned with the relationship between the development of pneumatology and the liturgical invocations of the Holy Spirit in the early church, and to this end the author considers two case studies. The first study considers the Sacramentary of Sarapion alongside the doctrinal works of Athanasius, particularly focusing on his Letters to Sarapion. The second turns to the anaphoral tradition ascribed to Basil of Caesarea, and considers these in relation to his dogmatic writings, especially De Spiritu Sancto.

The Study has particular regard to the context in which the chosen theologians wrote and the liturgical texts developed, and the comparisons of the texts are made accordingly. In the first case study, the strength of the similarities of approach suggest that ascription to Sarapion is not unreasonable. In the second, the complexities of the development of the liturgical text mean it is difficult to isolate a relationship to the dogmatic material.

This historical investigation aims to inform present debate through the exploration of historical relationships between liturgy and theology, and to enhance the understanding of the historical foundations of the question.

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