Liturgy is primary theology . It is theology in practice. This introductory course in contemporary liturgy explores basic theological principles and foundational pastoral practices contained in the current normative Roman Catholic documents concerning the liturgy.

Course code: FIXEN015

ECTS Credits: 3

Professor: Fr. Adrian Judd
Dr. Veronica Rosier

Introduction to the Course

A Note on Sources: Church documents and secondary sources and websites
PRIMARY SOURCES Documents on Vatican website
On-line resources
Reading Church Documents

Chapter 1  The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and its Liturgical Reform

The Second Vatican Council and the Liturgy
The Context for the Ideas Expressed in Sacrosanctum Concilium
The Aims of the Council and the Aims of the Liturgical Reform

Chapter 2 Towards a Definition of Liturgical Prayer

Reflecting on the Experience of “liturgy”
Ways of praying: are they all the same?
Liturgy in the Catholic World of Prayer: Overview
The Nature of Liturgical Prayer
Leitourgia: public worship in the name of the universal Church
Vatican II Reform of the Liturgical Rites
General Norms
Particular Reforms
Pastoral Orientation of the Reformed Rites
The Scope of the Liturgy
Non-Liturgical Prayer
List of non-liturgical prayers
Popular Devotions and Sacramentals: Liturgical or Non-liturgical?
Vatican II: “Sacramentals” as Liturgical Prayer
Three Caveats
Whose Liturgy is it?
Always Start with the Rite

Chapter 3 Celebration of the Christian Mystery: the Roots and Evolution of Eucharistic Praying

The Sign of the Cross
The “Paschal Mystery”: origin and core of Christianity
Salvation History: the Plan of God
From Exodus to the New Exodus
The Easter Mystery of the Passion
Christ’s Passover – Our Passover
Baptism – the tomb and the womb
The Meaning of Death
The Relationship of Jesus and His Father
To Keep Memorial: Blessing, Praise and Thanksgiving
Christian Liturgy? Some Common Misunderstandings and Abuses

Chapter 4 Principles of the Liturgy in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Why Study the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Today?
Introduction: The Relationship of the Church and the Liturgy
The Ecclesial Context of the Liturgy
1. The Mystery of the Church
2. The Mystery of Christ in the Liturgy
3. Full, conscious, and active participation by all the faithful
4. Liturgy: Source and Summit of Christian Life
Life after death: a foretaste
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
Liturgical spirituality: Paschal, Baptismal and Eucharistic
Living from the liturgy: Instruction and formation

Summary and Conclusion

The paschal mystery
Has the Liturgical Reform succeeded?