Is the Armenian Church’s rich liturgical and theological tradition for Armenians only? Or does it have relevance for the world at large?
Professor Maxwell Johnson, Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, delivered a lecture at St. Nersess Seminary last week entitled, The Gift of Armenian Sacramental Theology and Liturgy to the Wider Church.
Dr. Johnson is a Lutheran Pastor and one of the world’s leading authorities on the origins and development of early Christian Liturgy and the history and theology of baptism.
In a fascinating and spirited presentation, Professor Johnson focused on the ecumenical significance for the Armenian theological heritage and liturgical traditions focusing on three areas: Armenian baptismal theology, the sacramentality of the unfailing Word in Armenian liturgical prayers; and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. "In these areas the Armenian Church's tradition can assist the wider church in its own identity an mission today," Dr. Johnson said.
The next lecture in the Seminary's 2009-2010 lecture series entitled, The Armenian Church: A Distinctive Voice, will take place on Monday, December 14 at 7:30PM. Dr. Roberta Ervine, Professor of Armenian Studies at St. Nersess, will lecture on How Armenians Read the Bible.