Rationale For His Understanding Of Liturgy As Primary Theology

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Aidan Kavanagh, in On Liturgical Theology, unequivocally states that liturgical theology is primary theology . In other words, the worshipping community expresses its theology through liturgy; theology is not imposed on liturgy secondarily. “….Liturgical worship….is itself fundamental to and constitutive of the faithful community and also of the ways in which that community reflects upon itself theologically.” In addition, he situates himself firmly in Prosper’s ut legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi school of liturgical theology, not the oft-misquoted lex orandi lex credenti. Before discussing the rationale for his understanding of liturgy as primary theology, Kavanagh outlines the biases he brings to the study of liturgical theology in the introduction: he admits to being a product of the “deeply sacramental” orthodox tradition. The implications of this are several: he believes that “worship conceived broadly is what gives rise to theological reflection, rather than the other way around;” and that “Eastern worship…tends to be less cerebral and more open to movement, sense experience, contemplation, and individual initiative” than that of the West . However, as an academic, he acknowledges he is engaged with both traditions, which, as he argues and expands upon later, have very different perspectives on liturgy. Lastly, he claims Christian asceticism is an outgrowth of the way the early Church understood itself and its liturgical traditions and as such…

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