Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

The quotation “lex orandi, lex credendi” is one exceptionally familiar to any student of the liturgy of the Church, and is often translated as “the law of prayer is the law of belief”. The quotation is attributed to Prosper of Aquitaine (390-455) and identifies the celebration of the Church’s liturgy, and the reflection on that celebration, as structuring our Christian belief.

It is the sine qua non for liturgical theology and, many if not most liturgical theologians would argue, all theology itself.

Writing on the Pray Tell blog, Jakob K Rinderknecht explores the significance of this pithy little saying and in doing so goes back to the full quote from Prosper of Aquitaine from which it is drawn. Rinderknecht’s reflection, which I consider well worth reading, can be found in the article below…

Lex Supplicandi

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