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Dmitrii L. Shukurov

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Dmitrii L. Shukurov — DSc in Philology, Associate Professor, Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology, Sheremetevsky Pr., 7, 153000 Ivanovo, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3463-7611. E-mail: rector@isuct.ru; shoudmitry@yandex.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 57


pp. 21-32


March 29, 2019

Date of publication

September 28, 2020



Index UDK


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71.1 + 83.3 + 86.37-5


The paper explores linguistic and cultural peculiarities of the formation of structural elements of the Christian Liturgy in the historical context. It involves a comparative analysis to find the connection between liturgical worship and archaic elements of preceding cult rites and practices. The use of a hermeneutic approach within the field of historical liturgics and liturgical theology allows us to come closer to the structural understanding of underlying meaning of the liturgical divine service — a sacrament of the Eucharist. The object under study is a liturgical worship of the Christian Church, the tradition of which has a direct (albeit formal) connection with the temple-synagogue worship of the old Testament times, yet being essentially the gospel of the New Testament — a fundamentally new religious view of life, death, eternity and human salvation. The subject of the study is the structure of the Divine Liturgy, with mysterious meaning of Christianity manifesting through the archaic elements in the composition thereof — the mystery of human salvation. The tracing of the cult connection of liturgical worship with the archaic elements of preceding rites and cult practices concretize scientific ideas about history of the shaping of liturgical worship. Moreover, examining of the Liturgy in the historical and cultural context of its emergence furthers our understanding of structural elements of the Divine Service, and its underlying meaning — the sacrament of the Eucharist.


linguistic hermeneutics, exegesis, historical liturgics, liturgical theology, Orthodox worship, philosophy of worship, Liturgy, Eucharist, anaphora, Divine Name.


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