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Master's of Theological Studies

Liturgy and Sacraments


Class
Arielle Harms

This course will examine the nature of Sacred Liturgy and the foundational principles governing its celebration. Special consideration will be given to the theology of the seven sacraments as the means by which the grace of the paschal mystery is dispensed in the Church.

In this class, we’ll examine first liturgy and a theology of liturgy, using Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI as one of our main guides.  Rather than studying the rituals themselves or the history of the rituals of the church, we will look at the theology of liturgy and survey particular liturgical practices only as being examples of a good or poor understanding of that theology.   In the second part of the class, we turn to sacramental theology, first studying the sacraments in general before looking at each one individually.  The main guide for the second part of the class will be St. Thomas Aquinas, who never regresses from understanding sacra doctrina – and thus liturgy by extension – as how it relates to God. 

 

Lessons:

 

Part I: An Introduction to Liturgy and Liturgical Theology

 

Lesson 1: Liturgical Reform and Liturgy today

 

Lesson 2: The Essence of the Liturgy

 

Lesson 3: Time and Space in the Liturgy

 

Lesson 4: Art and Liturgy

 

Lesson 5: Liturgical Form

 

Part II: General Sacramental Theology

 

Lesson 6: Method and Doctrine of Sacramental Theology

 

Lesson 7: The Sacraments as Signs

 

Lesson 8: Sacramental Causality

 

Lesson 9: Sacramental Effects

 

Lesson 10: Final Considerations on the Sacraments in General

 

Part III: The Seven Sacraments

 

Lesson 11: The Baptismal Rite

 

  Lesson 12: Institution and Types of Baptism

 

  Lesson 13: The Theology of Baptism: Its effects

  

Lesson 14: The Persons Involved in Baptism

 

Lesson 15: The Rite of Confirmation

 

Lesson 16: The Institution and Types of Confirmation

 

Lesson 17: The Effects of Confirmation

 

Lesson 18: The Persons Involved in Confirmation

 

Lesson 19: The Eucharistic Rite and Institution

 

Lesson 20: Transubstantiation

 

Lesson 21: Types of the Eucharist

 

Lesson 22: The Effects of the Eucharist

 

Lesson 23: The Persons Involved in the Eucharist

 

Lesson 24: The Rite, Institution and Types of Confession

 

Lesson 25: The Effects of Confession

 

Lesson 26:  The People of Penance

 

Lesson 27: Anointing of the Sick

 

Lesson 28: Holy Orders

 

Lesson 29: Holy Orders: The Rite, Institution and Evidence in Scripture

 

Lesson 30: The Effects of Holy Orders

 

Lesson 31: The Recipient and Minister of this Sacrament

 

Lesson 32: Matrimony: Institution and The Rite

 

Lesson 33: The Effects of Marriage

 

Lesson 34: Marriage and Canon Law

 

 

Lesson 35: Conclusion

Here is the class outline:

1. Welcome

Liturgy Welcome Letter

2. Lesson 1

Liturgical Reform and Liturgy today

3. Lesson 2

The Essence of Liturgy

4. Lesson 3

Time and Space in the Liturgy

5. Lesson 4

Art and Liturgy

6. Lesson 5

Liturgical Form

7. Lesson 6

Method and Doctrine of Sacramental Theology

8. Lesson 7

The Sacraments as Signs

9. Lesson 8

Sacramental Causality

10. Lesson 9

Sacramental Effects

11. Lesson 10

Final Considerations on the Sacraments in General

12. Lesson 11

The Baptismal Rite

13. Lesson 12

Institution and Types of Baptism

14. Lesson 13

The Theology of Baptism: Its effects

15. Lesson 14

The Persons involved in Baptism

16. Lesson 15

The Rite of Confirmation

17. Lesson 16

The Types and Institution of Confirmation

18. Lesson 17

The Effects of Confirmation

19. Lesson 18

The People Involved in Confirmation

20. Lesson 19

The Eucharistic Rite

21. Lesson 20

Transubstantiation

22. Lesson 21

Types of the Eucharist

23. Lesson 22

The Effects of the Eucharist

24. Lesson 23

The Persons Involved in the Eucharist

25. Lesson 24

The Rite, Institution and Types of Confession

26. Lesson 25

The Effects of Confession

27. Lesson 26

The People of Penance

28. Lesson 27

Anointing of the Sick

29. Lesson 28

Holy Orders

30. Lesson 29

Holy Orders: The Rite, Institution and Evidence in Scripture

31. Lesson 30

The Effects of Holy Orders

32. Lesson 31

The Recipient and Minister of this Sacrament

33. Lesson 32

Matrimony: Institution and The Rite

34. Lesson 33

The Effects of Marriage

35. Lesson 34

Marriage and Canon Law

36. Lesson 35

Conclusion

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