Hippolytus and Liturgy

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Hippolytus and Liturgy

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Hippolytus was the last ancient Christian in Rome to write in Greek, but the status of some of the writings attributed to him is controversial. The Church Order attributed to him defines the shape of the liturgy, but shows that at this time in the third century, it had not yet acquired a fixed form. The interrogations and answers he provides for the ceremony of baptism provide the basis for the later so‐called Apostles’ Creed, the baptismal confession of the western Church.

Keywords: baptism; Hippolytus; liturgy; Rome

Chapter.  1168 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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