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Biblical-christian conception of liturgy throughout history

Zvonko Pažin ; Katolički bogoslovni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Teologija u Đakovu, Đakovo, Hrvatska

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APA 6th Edition
Pažin, Z. (2003). Biblijsko-kršćansko poimanje liturgije kroz povijest. Diacovensia, 11 (1), 33-43. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Pažin, Zvonko. "Biblijsko-kršćansko poimanje liturgije kroz povijest." Diacovensia, vol. 11, no. 1, 2003, pp. 33-43. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Pažin, Zvonko. "Biblijsko-kršćansko poimanje liturgije kroz povijest." Diacovensia 11, no. 1 (2003): 33-43.
Pažin, Z. (2003). 'Biblijsko-kršćansko poimanje liturgije kroz povijest', Diacovensia, 11(1), pp. 33-43. Available at: (Accessed 09 December 2021)
Pažin Z. Biblijsko-kršćansko poimanje liturgije kroz povijest. Diacovensia [Internet]. 2003 [cited 2021 December 09];11(1):33-43. Available from:
Z. Pažin, "Biblijsko-kršćansko poimanje liturgije kroz povijest", Diacovensia, vol.11, no. 1, pp. 33-43, 2003. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 09 December 2021]

The purpose of this article is to define the concept of liturgy; explain what it meant in the Holy Scripture and in the early Christian tradition. Liturgy is not what some uninformed individual would believe: a mere ritual performed according to the exact, determined rules, by a competent minister. Theology of Christian liturgy – with the Holy Scripture doctrine and the first Christian tradition as its starting point – emphasises that the real worship is actually fulfilling God’s will. To offer a sacrifice without respect for God and your fellow human being would be in vain. Therefore Christ himself gives an example of how it is important to make peace with your brother first, and then offer a sacrifice at the temple. Unfortunately, throughout the history liturgy has mostly been an outer act, it did not include a spiritual component, for it merely consisted of strict orders and was preoccupied with its own “validity”. Second Vatican Council returned to the origins, implying that liturgy belonged to the whole Church and that a person becomes a participant of Christ’s priesthood by sacredness of his/her own life.

Spiritual liturgy; spiritual sacrifice; history of liturgy; Second Vatican Council

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