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Liturgical Language
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Liturgical language is distinguished from other forms of Christian discourse by employing linguistic registers that express the community of faith’s relation to the transcendent in forms of praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, and sacramental participation (see the collected works of Mohrmann, 1961–1977, and, from a sociolinguistic perspective, Crystal, 1990). The use of language in liturg…

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Lang, Uwe Michael, “Liturgical Language”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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