To introduce students in a systematic and comprehensive way to the basic knowledge of Liturgy in relationship to the history of salvation throughout the centuries and according to the reform of the Second Vatican Council; To familiarize them with contemporary models of perceiving the ritual life of Christian worship as a commemoration, celebration and life of the Paschal Mystery; To lead the students to the understanding of the liturgy as a sacramental experience of God’s saving events accomplished in Christ and now effective in the Church today; To enable students deepen a personal and communitarian liturgical spirituality that enables them to properly live out and animate liturgical celebrations within their own religious communities and parishes.
Course Outline: Etymology and derivation of the term ‘Liturgy’; Liturgy in the ancient, Old and New Testament world; Practice of Liturgy in the Apostolic Church; Development of Liturgy from the early Church to Modern times; Pre-Vatican II developments; Liturgical Movement; Liturgical Vision of Vatican II; Sacrosanctum Concilium; Liturgical Books; Various elements of Liturgy; Lex Orandi Lex Credendi, Encounter with God; Rite: Purpose and Value; Mysterion – Sacramentum; Liturgical Signs, Symbols and Laws; Liturgical Inculturation; Theology of Liturgy; Ars Celebrandi. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the lessons the students will be able to: - Understand Liturgy as a “locus theologicus”. - Understand the basic historical development of Liturgy. - Explain the role of liturgy in the context of Salvation History and the Reforms of Vatican II. - Acquire familiarity with the skills required to animate liturgical celebrations. - Explain the meaning of signs, symbols and ritual used in Catholic Liturgical and Sacramental domain.
Textbooks: ADAM A., Foundations of Liturgy: An Introduction to its History & Practice (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1992); RATZINGER J., The Spirit of the Liturgy (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 2000). Essential Required Documents: CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS, Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (Vatican City, LEV 2001); CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS, Redemptionis Sacramentum: Instruction on Certain Matters To Be Observed or To Be Avoided Regarding the Most Holy Eucharist (Vatican City 2004); UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, General Instructions of the Roman Missal (Washington, USCCB 2011); VATICAN COUNCIL II, Documents (Edited by A. Flannery, New York/Dublin, Costello/Dominican Publications 1998). Bibliography: BAUMSTARK A., trans. WEST F.. On the Historical Development of the Liturgy (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 2011); BRADSHAW P.F., Early Christian Worship: A Basic Introduction to Ideas and Practice (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 22011); BRADSHAW P.F., Reconstructing Early Christian Worship (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 2011); BRADSHAW P.F., The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy (New York, Oxford University Press 22002); CHESLYN J.-WAINWRIGHT G.-YARNOLD E.-BRADSHAW P. (Eds.), The Study of Liturgy (revised edition New York, Oxford University Press 1992); CHUPUNGCO A. (Ed.), Handbook for Liturgical studies, Vol. V: Liturgical Time and Space (Collegeville, Pueblo 2000); CRICHTON J., The Church's Worship: Considerations on the Liturgical Constitution of the Second Vatican Council (New York, Sheed and Ward 1964); DEISS L., Springtime of the Liturgy (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1987); ETTORRI J., Liturgy and Sacramental Theology (Nairobi, CUEA 2006); FERRONE R., Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium (New York, Paulist Press 2007); LANG B., Sacred Games: A History of Christian Worship (New Haven, Yale University Press 1997); LEE B.J. (Ed.), Alternative Futures for Worship, 7 volumes (Collegeville, The Liturgical Press 1987); MARTIMORT A.G. (Ed.), The Church at Prayer, Principle of the Liturgy, Vol. 1 (London, Chapman 1987); MARTINEZ G., Signs of Freedom. Theology of the Christian Sacraments (New York, Paulist Press 2003); MARTOS J., Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church (Revised edition. Tarrytown, Ligouri/Triumph Books, 2001); METZGER M., History of the Liturgy: The Major Stages (Collegeville, The Liturgical Press 1997); SEARLE M., Liturgy Made Simple (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1981); SENN F., The People’s Work: A Social History of the Liturgy (Minneapolis, Augsburg Fortress 2006); SMOLARSKI D., Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice (New York, Paulist Press 1995); STRINGER M.D., A Sociological History of Christian Worship (Cambridge, University Press 2005); WANJALA M., Foretaste of Heavenly Liturgy: Commemorating, Celebrating and Living. An Anthropological, Theological and Liturgical Reflection on African Sub-Saharan Music through Saint Augustine and Sacrosanctum Concilium (Jerusalem, STS Publications 2015).