The unit examines and explores a theological and pastoral understanding of the rites, patterns and corporate nature of the liturgy through the lens of the Church’s liturgical praxis.

Unit code: DL1430Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


identify the principal rites of the Christian liturgy and their components


explain the core principles governing liturgical celebration


discuss a basic theology of Christian liturgy deriving from the Paschal Mystery


articulate an understanding of Christian liturgy as a dynamic complex of word – sung and spoken – symbol and rite


discuss the relationship between liturgy, life, and mission


The unit combines learning with the experience of Liturgy brought by the students

Indicative Bibliography

  • Foley, Edward, Nathan Mitchell, and Joanne Pierce, eds. A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007.
  • Fortescue, Adrian, John Berthram O’Connell, and Alcuin Reid. The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described. 15th ed. London: Burns & Oates, 2009.
  • The General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Strathfield, NSW: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, 2007.
  • Hovda, Robert W. Strong Loving and Wise: Presiding in Liturgy. Washington DC: Liturgical Conference, 1976.
  • Lysik, David, ed. The Liturgy Documents: A Parish Resource. 2 Vols. 4th ed. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 2004.
  • Martin, James. Celebrating Good Liturgy: A Guide to the Ministries of the Mass. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2005.
  • Pecklers, Keith F. The Genius of the Roman Rite: On the Reception and Implementation of the New Missal. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.
  • The Rites of the Catholic Church: As Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and Published by Authority of Pope Paul VI. Study Ed. 2 Vols. New York, NY: Pueblo, 1976-80.
  • Smolarski, Dennis C. How Not To Say Mass: A Guidebook on Liturgical Principles and the Roman Missal. Rev. ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2003.
  • Smolarski, Dennis C. Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1995.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection - a reflection on a prescribed article 200 5.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper 1000 35.0
Essay 2300 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000