Dramatic Liturgy and Its Media Between East and West

Event time: 
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Miller Hall See map
406 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Deposition rites, that is, ritual entombments of symbols of Christ’s dead body on Good Friday, have long been an emotional climax of Holy Week. As dramatic rituals and multi-medial repre-sentations of biblical history, they gave rise to innovative artistic, poetic and musical genres and exerted cultural influence far beyond liturgy. While deposition rites have been abandoned in the early modern reformation or recent reform in most Western churches, the Epitaphios pro-cession is still one of the most popular services in Byzantine Christianity. The lecture will inves-tigate the history and meaning of these prominent elements of Christian liturgy. Historically, it will be argued that the ritual may have spread from West to East and therefore against the wide-ly assumed general trend of liturgical influence; hermeneutically, the character of mimetic ritu-als and their mediality will be discussed, not least in view of their theological and spiritual bear-ing.


Open to: 
General Public