The first part of the course (Liturgical Ministry) aims to bring the students to a qualified celebration of the sacred mysteries and Christian rites, combining sacramental principles and liturgical practice. In view of their future pastoral work as Church leaders and spiritual educators, this course wishes to help them to perform a celebration not merely as prescribed rituals, but as actions that illuminate fundamental relationships among human beings and between them and God. The general concern is then to enhance the quality of their celebrations. This objective will be met by means of the following learning activities: 1. Attendance at lessons. 2. Expositions by the professor. 3. Practical exercises in the liturgical celebrations.
Preparation and celebration of sacraments and sacramentals, with a particular focus on the presiding role, especially for Baptism, Eucharist, Penance, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick, Funeral Rites and Blessings.
SMOLARSKY D.C., Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice (New York, Paulist Press, 1994); Bibliography: BOULEY A., Catholic Rites Today (Collegeville-MI, Liturgical Press 1992); CURLEY T.P., Planning the Catholic Funeral (Collegeville-MI, Liturgical Press 2005); GRIFFIN E. (ed.), The Funeral Book. Pastoral Commentaries, Creative Ideas and Funeral Homilies (Dublin, Columba 1998); MARTOS J., The Sacraments. An interdisciplinary and Interactive Study (Collegeville-MI, Liturgical Press 2009). Homiletics: With the objective of training the participants to write and deliver effective homilies, the course will focus on hands-on training.