Maxwell E. Johnson

Maxwell E. Johnson


Primary Field of Study: Liturgical Studies


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Research and Training Interests

Johnson's research interests are in the origins and development of early Christian Liturgy, with a special focus on the Rites of Christian Initiation, the Eucharistic Liturgy, and the Feasts and Seasons of the Liturgical Year. He is currently collaborating with with Stefanos Alexopoulos in writing a one-volume introduction to the Liturgies of the Christian East.

Selected Publications

With Paul F. Bradshaw, Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed, originally by RCD Jasper and GJ Cuming, 4th edition (Collegeville: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019)

Lectures on the Christian Sacraments ascribed to St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Greek Text, Translation, and Introduction. Popular Patristic Series, 57. Crestwood, NJ: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2017.

The Church in Act: Lutheran Liturgical Theology in Ecumenical Conversation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. 2015.

Praying and Believing in Early Christianity: The Interplay Between Christian Worship and Doctrine. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Michael Glazier, 2013.

The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation, revised and expanded edition (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, Pueblo, 2007.

With Paul F. Bradshaw and L. Edward Phillips, The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary, Hermeneia Commentary Series. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.


The Rev. Canon Dr. Maxwell E. Johnson is professor of Theology (Liturgical Studies) and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The author or editor of 25 books and of more than 90 articles and essays, he is also a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and served for 25 years as an editorial consultant for Worship, Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Ecclesia Orans, The Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Sant’ Anselmo, Rome.  He will receive the Berakah Award from the North American Academy of Liturgy in January, 2022.

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