To lead the students to a deeper awareness and experience of the Mystery of Christ centred on the Paschal mystery as it unfolds in the lives of God’s people through(out) the liturgical year (seasons) and the celebration of the liturgy of the hours with the help of liturgical music, in view of harmonizing liturgy and life.
The liturgical year: Meaning, origin and significance; celebration of the Paschal mystery as the heart of the liturgical year; Christ as acting in history, time and space: past, present and future; dimensions of the Paschal Mystery; universal liturgical year and other liturgical calendars; structure of liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time; centrality of Sunday and of the Paschal celebration in the liturgical year. The liturgy of the hours: Theology of the liturgy of the hours; general instructions of the liturgy of the hours: Praenotanda (General Introduction), forms, structure and various liturgical gestures of the liturgy of the hours; rhythms and times of prayer in the Scriptures; Christ as the model of prayer; reform of the Vatican II and spirituality of the liturgy of the hours. Liturgical music: Meaning, purpose (role) and anthropological foundation; choice and evaluation of liturgical musical forms and styles; liturgical principles on music in the optic of Sacrosanctum Concilium; criteria governing the musical ministry according to current liturgical books, the Magisterium.
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Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Comprehend the theological-liturgical and spiritual substance of the liturgical year within the context of its historical development; Acquire knowledge and understanding of the liturgical year; Experience how the Paschal mystery is made present in different seasons within the liturgical year; Understand how the celebration of the Paschal mystery is related to cosmic time and space, that is, the liturgy of the hours; Learn to appreciate the celebration of liturgy and sacraments within designated time and seasons as central to Church’s life and mission; Enjoy the liturgical year and the liturgy of the hours with the aid of liturgical music.