Liturgy between Tradition and Contemporary Practice

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2024 | Viewed by 278

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
Department of Liturgy Theology, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Interests: fundamental liturgy; sacral architecture; liturgical art

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Studies of ritual practices in theology, ethnography and religion are gaining importance. Liturgy is not only a manifestation of the life of church communities, but has great anthropological and theological significance. The study of contemporary and historical liturgical traditions and forms is a testimony to the cultural and social transformation of society and its reflection of basic human values. In this Special Issue, we want to focus on liturgical themes that cover the following topics: liturgy and therapy; the importance of ritualizing our life, liturgical experience during the COVID-19 pandemic; liturgy in the digital world; liturgy and synodality; the meaning of celebration; liturgy and ministeriality; liturgy and gender. A large part of the outlined topics are interdisciplinary. This Special Issue will try to both reflect on the current state of research in the field and propose new directions of liturgical development with regard to ecclesiastical and social changes. It will serve liturgists to present their current study and research results, which will be in the form of individual thematic contributions or personal reflections and proposals.

Potential areas and topics include:

  • Liturgy, therapy and mental health;
  • Liturgical celebrations as rites of passage in a person's life;
  • Liturgical celebration in the life of today's man;
  • The importance of ritualizing human life;
  • Liturgy and its supradenominational and suprareligious significance;
  • Liturgical experience during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Liturgy in the digital world;
  • Virtual liturgy;
  • Liturgy and synodality;
  • Anthropological and symbolic meaning of celebration;
  • Liturgy and ministeriality in the church;
  • The position of women in the liturgy and their service;
  • Liturgy and gender;
  • Celebrating the liturgy in small communities, minority groups and the LGBT community.

Dr. Pavel Kopeček
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • liturgy and religion
  • experience
  • worship
  • secularity
  • culture
  • theology
  • liturgy
  • interdisciplinarity
  • virtuality
  • ritual
  • anthropology
  • celebrating
  • church
  • ecclesiology
  • community

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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