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Free and open to the public. This event will be presented on Zoom (registration required), as well as through live-stream on YouTube. This event is presented in collaboration with the Godbearer Institute as part of a Fall webinar lecture series on “Eastern Catholic Theology in Action.”

From the fourth to eighth centuries, liturgical commentaries flourished to explain the meaning of the sacramental life of the Church. Notably, after the fourth century, the tradition of Jerusalem developed another genre for mystagogy, namely hymnography. As part of the structure of the liturgical services, they explain to the faithful what is happening during the services, rather than before or after the celebration. In this way, hymnography has an exegetical function, commenting on scripture and the mystery of salvation in Christ. Dr. Galadza will explore this hymnographic tradition and its relation to the formation of liturgical theology.