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Liturgy - Liturgical Language
(1,516 words)

Part of Liturgy:

1. The Liturgies

2. Liturgical Language

3. Liturgical Year

4. Study of Liturgy

1. The data of comparative religion. Most religions hand down their sacred teachings and hold their sacred rites in sacred, cultic languages. Sometimes these are merely severely classical or literary forms of the ordinary language, from which they can be sharply distinguished. Where a strictly cultic language is used in worship it is usually an earlier form of the living tongue (as among the Romans); often it is the langu…

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Angelus Häussling, “Liturgy - Liturgical Language”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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