John Witvliet

Document Type


Publication Title

Yale Institute of Sacred Music Colloquium Journal


Trinitarian theology has considerable implications for Christian worship. On the assumption that doctrine and liturgy are inextricably intertwined, my interest is to isolate and clarify the links between the doctrine of the Trinity and the theology and practice of worship, and thereby to explore the basic "grammar" or "DNA" of Trinitarian worship. My procedure will be to identify briefly five unique though inter-related themes, five "kinds of Trinitarian discourse," and to explore the resonances or corollaries of those themes in work on the theology and practice of liturgy. By choosing to offer an overview, my goal is to present this material at a level of specificity that can best inform the work of musicians, artists, poets, preachers, and liturgists.

Publication Date

Fall 2005



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