Elenco corsi a.a. 2016/2017
Anno accademico 2016/2017

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 itual 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.


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 elementsof 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.


Textbook: RATZINGER JOSEPH, The Spirit of the Liturgy (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 2000). Essential Required Documents: FLANNERY AUSTIN (ed.), Vatican Council II, the Conciliar and Post-conciliar Documents (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1996). UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, General Instructions of the Roman Missal (Washington DC., 2011). Bibliography: BAUMSTARK ANTON, On the Historical Development of the Liturgy, Translated by FRITZ WEST (Collegeville-MN, Liturgical Press 2011); BRADSHAW PAUL F., Early Christian Worship: A Basic Introduction to Ideas and Practice (Collegeville-MN, Liturgical Press 2011); ID., Reconstructing Early Christian Worship (Collegeville-MN, Liturgical Press 2011); ID., The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy (New York, Oxford University Press 2002); CHESLYN JONES-WAINWRIGHT G.-YARNOLD E.-BRADSHAW P. (ed.), The Study of Liturgy (New York, Oxford University Press 1992); CHUPUNGCO ANSCAR (ed.), Handbook for Liturgical studies (Collegeville, Pueblo 2000); CRICHTON JAMES DUNLOP, The Church’s Worship -Considerations on the Liturgical Constitution of the Second Vatican Council (New York, Sheed and Ward 1964); DEISS LUCIEN, Springtime of the Liturgy (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1987); ETTORRI JOSEPH, Liturgy and Sacramental Theology (Nairobi, CUEA 2006); LANG BERNHARD, Sacred Games: A History of Christian Worship (New Haven, Yale University Press 1997); LEE BERNARD J. (ed.), Alternative Futures for Worship, 7 vols. (Collegeville-MN, The Liturgical Press 1987); MARTIMORT AIMÉ GEORGES (ed.), The Church at Prayer, Principle of the Liturgy, Vol. 1 (London, Chapman 1987); MARTINEZ GERMAN, Signs of Freedom. Theology of the Christian Sacraments (New York, Paulist Press 2003); MARTOS JOSEPH, Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church (Tarrytown-NY, Triumph Books 2001); METZGER MARCEL, History of the Liturgy: The Major Stages (Collegeville-MN, The Liturgical Press 1997); SEARLE MARK, Liturgy Made Simple (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1981); SMOLARSKI DENNIS, Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice (New York, Paulist Press 1995); SENN FRANK, The People’s Work: A Social History of the Liturgy (Minneapolis, Augsburg Fortress 2006); STRINGER MARTIN D., A Sociological History of Christian Worship (Cambridge, University Press 2005); WANJALA MOSES, Foretaste of Heavenly Liturgy: Commemorating, Celebrating and Living. An Anthropology Theological and Liturgical Reflection on African Sub-Saharan Music through Saint Augustine and Sacrosanctum Concilium (Jerusalem, STS Publications 2015); WEGMAN HERMAN, Christian Worship in East and West: A Study Guide to Liturgical History (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1985); WHITE JAMES F., A Brief History of Christian Worship (Nashville, Abingdon Press 1993); ID., Documents of Christian Worship: Descriptive and Interpretative Sources (Louisville, Westminster John Knox 1992); ID., Roman Catholic Worship: Trent to Today (Collegeville-MN, Liturgical Press 2003); Reference Works: BRADSHAW PAUL (ed.), New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship (Louisville-KY, Westminster John Knox 2003); FINK PETER (ed.), A New Dictionary of Sacramental Theology (Collegeville-MN, Liturgical Press 1990).