This course focuses both on the history of Christian liturgy and also the nature of liturgy itself. The course begins with an examination of the character of cult and liturgy, its construction, along with its use of language, symbol, space, and human bodies. The major focus is on the development of eucharistic liturgies, beginning with Scripture and then moving chronologically through the 20th century liturgical movement and the corresponding revisions, culminating in the 1979 American prayer book. Special attention is given to the history of English and American prayer book tradition. In addition, the development of Christian initiation rites, the liturgical year, daily prayer, and liturgical space are examined.