Elenco corsi a.a. 2018/2019
Anno accademico 2018/2019

Introduzione alla liturgia; Teologia liturgica RA0704

Sede di Gerusalemme
Primo semestre


To introduce students in a systematic and comprehensive way to the basic knowledge of Liturgy in relationship to Salvation History. 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 them to properly live out and animate celebrations with a deep liturgical spirituality, both personal and communitarian.


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. Rite: purpose and value. Mysterion – sacramentum. Liturgical signs. Symbols and laws. Liturgical inculturation. Theology of Liturgy. Ars celebrandi. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected 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; acknowledge the liturgical reforms operated by the Council 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.


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