Part of Liturgy:
4. Study of Liturgy
Liturgical science might be taken to mean a purely theoretical study of the many different forms of worship that Christians have used in the course of two millenia — a branch, in other words, of cultural history and archaeology. But such a view would fail to do justice to liturgies as an ecclesiastical science, which for all its interest in historical forms is ultimately concerned with interpreting the contemporary liturgy.
This task is of considerable importance for the reason that li…