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The Orthodox Liturgy: The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite
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The Orthodox Liturgy: The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite


SPCK 1989

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Western observers never fail to be awestruck at the celebration of the Liturgy in an Orthodox Church. In this authoritative yet highly readable account, Hugh Wybrew traces the development of the Orthodox liturgy through the centuries. He conveys a lively and memorable sense of what it would have felt like to be among the worshippers.

From its first appearance, The Orthodox Liturgy rapidly established itself as the best introduction to the subject for the non-specialist. This reissue includes a new preface, which outlines the latest research on the sources of the Byzantine tradition, and an updated bibliography.

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Key Features

  • Traces the development of Orthodox liturgy through the centuries
  • Introduces the non-specialist to Orthodox liturgy
  • Presents the latest research on the sources of the liturgy


  • Western Eucharist and Orthodox Liturgy
  • The Sources of the Tradition
  • The Fourth Century
  • The Eucharist at Constantinople in the Time of John Chrysostom
  • The Liturgy in the Time of Maximus the Confessor
  • The Liturgy after the Victory of the Icons
  • They Byzantine Liturgy in the Eleventh Century
  • The Completion of the Liturgy
  • Epilogue
  • ‘Life of Christ’ Symbolism in the Liturgy: Comparative Table

Praise for the Print Edition

The Orthodox Liturgy is solidly based on sound scholarship . . . written in a non-technical way which will be accessible to anyone who is interested in the history of Christian worship.

——Church Times

We have long needed such an introduction. Clear yet detailed, sympathetic yet not uncritical, The Orthodox Liturgy will be of great value to Christians, whether Western or Eastern.

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

Product Details

  • Title: The Orthodox Liturgy: The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite
  • Author: Hugh Wybrew
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Worship

About Hugh Wybrew

Hugh Wybrew is an Anglican priest who has studied Orthodoxy for many years. He is an associate member of the faculty of theology and religion in the University of Oxford. He has also served as secretary of the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius, and dean of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem, where he was in close contact with Eastern churches.