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The Creed In The Liturgy: Prayer Or Hymn?

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Chapter Summary

Creeds are an integral part of the Christian identity. This chapter examines the phenomenon of 'transitions' in the context of the creed in two ways in particular. It begins by examining how the creed passed into Christian liturgy. The chapter then shows how the liturgical status and functions of the creed have changed within the liturgy. Finally, it describes both the theological and liturgical character of the creed vis-à-vis the prayer and the hymn. According to Taft, the Eucharistic Prayer suffices as a confession relating, as it does the history of salvation and reminding of the new covenant. The fact that hymns are a form of song and the creed, as an integral part of every mass and every liturgy, has in the past been sung and is sometimes still sung to this day could give rise to the assumption that the creed is a hymn.

Keywords: Christian liturgy; creed; Eucharistic Prayer; hymn; salvation



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