Foundational unit                                                                                                (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester: Tuesday evening, cross listed as DP8430Y and DS8430Y



This unit examines the liturgy as pivotal to the life of the baptised and as a celebration of faith that gives their lives gospel shape and calls them to mission. It explores a theological and pastoral understanding of the rites and examines their symbolic actions, languages, patterns and corporate nature through the lens of the church’s liturgical praxis. A core component of the unit will be ‘doing’ and reflecting on short rituals from the liturgy of the church, normally elements of the rites of Lent, the Triduum and Easter.



Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. identify the components of the principle rites of the Christian liturgy
  2. explain the core principles governing liturgical celebration
  3. discuss a basic theology of Christian liturgy deriving from the Paschal Mystery
  4. articulate an understanding of Christian liturgy as a dynamic complex of word – sung and spoken – symbol and rite
  5. discuss the relationship between liturgy and mission
  6. engage in informed and constructive evaluation of particular celebrations


Summary of four key articles 1000 words (20%); seminar paper 1000 words (20%); essay 4000 words (60%)


BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase

Boselli, Goffredo. The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy: School of Prayer, Source of Life. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014.

Capra, Elio. Called, Gifted, Sent. Melbourne: James Gould House, 2010.

Day, Juliette, and Benjamin Gordon-Taylor, eds. The Study of Liturgy and Worship: An Alcuin Guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press and Pueblo, 2013.

*Ferrone, Rita. Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium. Rediscovering Vatican II. New York: Paulist Press, 2007.

Johnson, Lawrence. The Three Days: A Liturgical Guide. Washington, DC: Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, 2012.

Lysik, D., ed. The Liturgy Documents: A Parish Resource. 4th ed. Chicago IL: Liturgy Training, 2004.

Pecklers, Keith F. Worship: New Century Theology. London: Continuum, 2003.

Pilcher, Carmel, et al., eds. Vatican Council II: Reforming Liturgy. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2013.

Searle, Mark, et al. Called to Participate: Theological, Ritual and Social Perspectives. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005.

*Vincie, Catherine. Celebrating Divine Mystery: A Primer in Liturgical Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.

Whalen, Michael D. Seasons and Feasts of the Church Year: An Introduction. New York: Paulist Press, 2004.

White, James F. Introduction to Christian Worship. 3rd ed. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2000.