Advanced Liturgy: Theory and Practice

10 Units

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the origins and development of Christian liturgy, including a special focus on the significant reforms of the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council. It affords students the opportunity to study the meaning and theology of liturgy. Key documents underpinning the reform and celebration of the liturgy will be considered. Contemporary questions related to liturgy and worship will be explored. This course will be of interest to a broad range of students, including those who may find it useful in their professional context.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Examine the origin and development of the Roman liturgy leading to the liturgical reform of Vatican II, its reception and consequent challenges;
  2. Study ritual, symbol and celebration as key to good liturgical experience;
  3. Discuss the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy in light of recent documents of John Paul II and Benedict XVI;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of, and appreciation for, liturgical law;
  5. Evaluate contemporary liturgical questions and issues.

The course will be organised around the following themes:

1. Liturgy: What is its nature and place in the life of the Christian community.

2. The Liturgical Assembly, participation and ministry: Who celebrates the liturgy, what are the roles of various liturgical ministries within the worshipping community?

3. Elements of liturgy:

  • a)  Word, song, silence, gesture, ritual and symbol
  • b)  The specific place of each element in the action of worship

4. The celebration of the Eucharist and its historical development.

5. Overview of liturgical change in 20th century:

6. Pastoral issues pertaining to liturgy.

  • This course replaces THEO6001. If you have successfully completed THEO6001 you cannot enrol in this course.
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces the following course(s): THEO6001. Students who have successfully completed THEO6001 are not eligible to enrol in RELT6001.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 2
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for RELT6001
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