Liturgical gratitude to God

Joshua Cockayne*, Gideon Salter*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gratitude to God is a core component of Christian liturgy; along with the countless hymns which express attitudes of thanks to God, Christian liturgy often includes acts of spoken gratitude, as well as prayers of thanksgiving. We argue that two aspects of liturgical gratitude distinguish it from gratitude more generally. First, liturgical gratitude is always scripted, leading to the worry that those who express gratitude do so disingenuously. Secondly, liturgical gratitude is always social in some way, as our gratitude is drawn into the worship of the community of the Church. The paper provides an account of liturgical gratitude that explores these two key distinctive features.
Original languageEnglish
Article number795
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2022


  • Gratitude
  • Liturgy
  • Group action
  • Joint action
  • Social ontology
  • Gratitude to God


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