Researching Ritual Practice

Clare V. Johnson, University of Notre Dame Australia


Within the field of liturgical studies many varied approaches and methodologies are utilized to explore and analyze church worship practices across the spectrum of Christian history, from informed hypotheses about ancient pre-textual rituals to assessments and interpretations of the rubrical demands of modern liturgies. Various authors have described and critiqued these methodologies, focusing in on particular modes of investigation used to access and analyze the multivalent, multicultural, historically developing practical theology that is performed in the liturgy.