The Trinity in Liturgy and Preaching

Geoffrey Wainwright

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity in Liturgy and Preaching

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This article considers the doctrine of the Trinity in relation to liturgy and preaching. It discusses Basil the Great's Trinitarian doxology and shows how doxologies, preaching, and hymnody developed to foster Christians' worship in accordance with the Trinitarian and mediatorial patterns found in the New Testament. It explains that Basil's work helped to solidify the full Trinitarianism that would receive conciliar statement in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed of 381 and suggests that the most significant liturgical legacy of Basil's treatise was the continuance throughout corporate Christian worship of both types of address to God: the coordinate address to all three persons of the Trinity in high doxological moments and the mediatorial formulation of particular praise and prayer.

Keywords: Trinity; liturgy; preaching; Basil the Great; Trinitarian doxology; hymnody; New Testament; Christian worship; praise; prayer

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Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion ; Religious Studies

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