Eschatology and the Byzantine Liturgy

  • What is the difference between eschatological and just plain exotic liturgy?
  • Is eschatology about the future or the present?
  • Is liturgy an escape from the world or entrance into a new world?
  • Did the Eastern church lose eschatology at some point and turn toward historicization?
  • Is it true that the Eastern churches historically employed vernacular, unlike the Roman rite?

All this and more in Eschatology and the Byzantine Liturgy by David M. Petras, a preview from the Winter 2010 issue (theme: Eschatology) of Liturgical Ministry – a journal ably edited by Sr. Joyce Zimmerman which more should know about.

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