Following the reflections made by Benedict XVI,  the need for a 'hermeneutic of continuity' as opposed to a 'hermeneutic of rupture' has often been heard, and it lays claim to being able to interpret the unfolding story of the Faith in a dialectic manner. In the case of the liturgy this continuity is twofold. Firstly it is a continuity that exists in time, an historical  or 'diachronic' continuity.

According to this continuity, through the centuries the same rite retains its fundamental identity, both dogmatic and liturgical, amid various successive developments in the details in their texts or rites. At the same time, there is another kind of continuity which, without completely losing its temporal dimension, is more concerned with space than with time, and its continuity is of a more 'synchronic' sort. Thus in the same historical period there are several traditions that coexist, and, whatever their differences (sometimes remarkable), maintain a deep doctrinal identity. We intend to develop this site in a systematic investigation of both aspects of liturgical continuity.

Studia Liturgica, intends to difuse, in the field of scientific research and in a manner commensurate with their resources, the spirit that encourages the Centre International d'Etudes Liturgiques. This  declared association, registered in France (Law of 1901) has as goal, " to promote interdisciplinary studies and research on the liturgy, highlighting the artistic heritage associated with it and work together to spreadthe liturgical culture tthrough knowledge of the various liturgical traditions".This  is mainly through the encouragement of research and reflection whose fruits will be reflected in publications of different format, proposing on the other hand training and sponsorship of an Interdisciplinary Research Liturgical Institute.

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