Uwe Michael Lang

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Dates at Heythrop College: 2012 - 2018

Lecturer in Theology from September 2012 to August 2018


Uwe Michael Lang, a native of Nuremberg, Germany, is a priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, where he serves as Parish Priest. He holds a Mag.Theol. from the University of Vienna (Austria) an S.T.L. from the Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He teaches at Allen Hall Seminary in London, is an Associate Staff member at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, a Visiting Fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham, and has been on the Visiting Faculty of the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, Illinois. Formerly staff member of Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (2008–2012) and Consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff (2008–2013). He is a Board Member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Editor of Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal.

Teaching at Heythrop

  • History of Christianity
  • Augustine
  • Early Modern Christianity
  • Early Christian Worship
  • Creation, Grace and Resurrection
  • Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation II (New Testament)

Conferences organised

Patristic Christology from a Contemporary Perspective (26 October 2017)

Research Interests

  • Early Church History & Patristics
  • Historical Theology
  • Liturgy
  • Sacred Music, Art and Architecture


Book section

Lang, Uwe Michael (2017) Zur Praxis der sakramentalen Konzelebration: Eine Neubesinnung auf Sacrosanctum Concilium in Kontinuität mit der liturgischen Überlieferung. In: Graulich, Markus, (ed.) Zehn Jahre Summorum Pontificum: Versöhnung mit der Vergangenheit - Weg in die Zukunft. Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, pp. 155-191.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2017) Origins of the Liturgical Veneration of the Roman Veronica. In: Kessler, Herbert L., Murphy, Amanda, (eds.) Veronica, Saint Veronica and vera icona in Medieval Texts and Art. Turnhout: Brepols.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2016) The Liturgy and Sacred Language. In: Reid, Alcuin, (ed.) T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, pp. 365-382.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2014) Die Krise der sakralen Kunst und die Quellen ihrer Erneuerung im Denken Papst Benedikts XVI. In: Hauke, Manfred, (ed.) Papst Benedikt XVI. und die Liturgie. Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, pp. 111-130.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2014) Sacred Architecture at the Service of the Mission of the Church. In: Reid, Alcuin, (ed.) The Sacred Liturgy: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church. The Proceedings of the International Conference on the Sacred Liturgy Sacra Liturgia 2013. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, pp. 187-211.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2014) Historische Stationen zur Frage der lateinischen Liturgiesprache. In: Heid, Stefan, (ed.) Operation am lebenden Objekt: Roms Liturgiereformen von Trient bis zum Vaticanum II. Berlin: be.bra wissenschaft, pp. 221-237.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2013) Translating the Missale Romanum: Towards a Sacral Vernacular. In: Rutherford, J.E., O'Brien, J., (eds.) Benedict XVI and the Roman Missal: Proceedings of the Fourth Fota International Liturgical Conference, 2011. Dublin / New York: Four Courts Press / Scepter Publishers, pp. 245-259.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2013) Papst Benedikt XVI. und die Reform der Liturgie. In: Wahle, Stephan, Hoping, Helmut, Haunerland, Winfried, (eds.) Römische Messe und Liturgie in der Moderne. Freiburg - Basel - Wien: Herder, pp. 178-198.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2013) Fremdheit und Vertrautheit der Liturgiesprache. In: Wahle, Stephan, Hoping, Helmut, Haunerland, Winfried, (eds.) Römische Messe und Liturgie in der Moderne. Freiburg - Basel - Wien: Herder, pp. 442-448.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2012) The Controversies over Chalcedon and the Beginnings of Scholastic Theology: The Case of John Philoponus. In: Rutherford, J.E., Woods, D., (eds.) The Mystery of Christ in the Fathers of the Church: Essays in Honour of D. Vincent Twomey SVD. Dublin / Portland, OR: Four Courts Press, pp. 78-93.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2012) Geistbestimmter Gottesdienst. Zur Kirchenmusik im Liturgieverständnis von Joseph Ratzinger – Benedikt XVI. In: Pietschmann, Klaus, (ed.) Papsttum und Kirchenmusik vom Mittelalter bis zu Benedikt XVI.: Postitionen – Entwicklungen – Kontexte. Kassel: Barenreiter, pp. 341-350.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2012) La “sacralità” della liturgia. In: Boselli, G, (ed.) Ars liturgica: l’arte a servizio della liturgia. Magnano (BI): Edizioni Qiqajon, pp. 59-79.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2012) Theological Criteria for Sacred Music: From John XXII to Benedict XIV. In: Rutherford, J.E., (ed.) Benedict XVI and Beauty in Sacred Music: Proceedings of the Third Fota International Liturgical Conference, 2010. Dublin / New York: Four Courts Press / Scepter Publishers, pp. 41-59.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2009) Liturgia, musica e arte sacra: il card. Siri liturgo. In: Gheda, P., (ed.) Siri. La Chiesa, l’Italia. Genova - Milano: Marietti, pp. 321-331.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2007) Patristic Argument and the Use of Philosophy in the Tritheist Controversy of the Sixth Century. In: The Mystery of the Holy Trinity in the Fathers of the Church. Proceedings of the Fourth International Patristic Conference, Maynooth. Dublin: Four Courts Press, pp. 79-99.

Edited collection

Lang, Uwe Michael (2017) Authentic Liturgical Renewal in Contemporary Perspective: Proceedings of the Sacra Liturgia Conference held in London, 5th – 8th July 2016. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2010) The Genius of the Roman Rite: Historical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives on Catholic Liturgy. Proceedings of the 2006 Oxford CIEL Colloquium. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2007) Die Anaphora von Addai und Mari: Studien zu Eucharistie und Einsetzungsbericht. Bonn: nova&vetera.

Journal Article

Lang, Uwe Michael (2015) Augustine's Conception of Sacrifice in 'City of God', Book X, and the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Antiphon, 19 (1), pp. 29-51.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2014) What Makes Architecture "Sacred"? Logos: a Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 17, pp. 44-64.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2012) A Chorus of Praise: Authentic Beauty in Sacred Art. Sacred Architecture (22), pp. 32-35.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2011) Louis Bouyer and Church Architecture: Resourcing Benedict XVI’s The Spirit of the Liturgy. Sacred Architecture (19), pp. 14-17.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2011) Newman and the Fathers of the Church. New Blackfriars, 92 (1038), pp. 144-156.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2011) Theologies of Blessing: Origins and Characteristics of De Benedictionibus (1984). Antiphon, 15 (1), pp. 27-46.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2009) Tamquam Cor in Pectore: The Eucharistic Tabernacle Before and After the Council of Trent. Sacred Architecture (15), pp. 32-34.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2005) John Philoponus and the Fifth Ecumenical Council: A Study and Translation of the Letter to Justinian. Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum, 37, pp. 411-436.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2005) Zum Einsetzungsbericht bei ostsyrischen Liturgiekommentatoren. Oriens Christianus, 89, pp. 63-76.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2000) The Christological Controversy at the Synod of Antioch in 268/9. Journal of Theological Studies, 51, pp. 54-80.

Lang, Uwe Michael (1998) The Date of the Treatise De Sectis Revisited. Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica, 29, pp. 89-98.

Lang, Uwe Michael (1998) Anhypostatos–Enhypostatos: Church Fathers, Protestant Orthodoxy and Karl Barth. Journal of Theological Studies, 49 (2), pp. 630-658.

Lang, Uwe Michael (1997) Nicetas Choniates, a Neglected Witness to the Greek Text of John Philoponus’ Arbiter. Journal of Theological Studies, 48 (2), pp. 540-548.


Lang, Uwe Michael (2015) Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and the Expression of the Sacred. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2012) The Voice of the Church at Prayer: Reflections on Liturgy and Language. San Francisco, California: Ignatius Press.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2009) Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer. San Franciscto: Ignatius Press.

Lang, Uwe Michael (2001) John Philoponus and the Controversies over Chalcedon in the Sixth Century. A Study and Translation of the Arbiter. Leuven: Peeters.