Church and Sacraments

Church and sacraments

Credits: 15

Diploma : Church and sacraments

Access: There are no prerequisites for these short courses. The course material is university level.

Length of Studies: Students have 24 months from the date of enrolment in which to validate the diploma.

Validation: Each of the five courses is assessed by a 5 page written assignment. The diploma is worth 15 ECTS.

Diploma : Church and sacraments

“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything ». Col 1 :18

Beginning with a study of the liturgy, this course provides the theological and historical foundations for understanding the evolution of Christian liturgical forms, and pastoral practice. A guided study of the Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium, opens up the origins, nature, structure, and mission of the Church.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 'The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us' (#1131). Here we are pleased to offer a more detailed study of these very particular channels of Grace: This diploma includes a historical, systematic, and pastoral study of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist), sacraments of healing (reconciliation, sacrament of the sick), and sacraments of vocation (marriage and orders) in Roman Catholic practice.

The beliefs of the Church are studied further in a course concerning the Creed; those words so very familiar that we may well have known off by heart (at least until the texts were changed!) but what do they actually mean?

Church and sacraments

Liturgy 1
Liturgy 2
Sacramental life parts 1 and 2
The Creed

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