Elenco corsi a.a. 2015/2016
Anno accademico 2015/2016

Introduzione alla liturgia RA0701

Sede di Gerusalemme
Secondo semestre


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 Living 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.


Etymology and Derivation of the term ‘Liturgy’; Liturgy in the ancient world, in the Old Testament world and in the 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.


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