This is primarily a practical unit which builds on and develops prior study of and/or experience in liturgy, comprising three continuous and contiguous elements which overlap and interweave throughout the unit: information relating to the spirit and structure of liturgical celebrations as essentially communal and participatory; reflection on these as developed in the liturgical books and commentaries, and as experienced in a variety of situations; experience which prepares participants and presiders, particularly, for their role in a variety of liturgical celebrations in the Catholic tradition.

Unit code: DL3010Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


demonstrate understanding of the spirit and structure of Liturgical celebration in the Christian community as outlined in the basic Catholic Liturgical texts


reflect critically on the implications for the way Liturgical celebration is, and should be, understood and experienced in Christian communities


preside and participate in Liturgical celebrations professionally and proficiently


evaluate the service of ministry implied by ‘full, conscious and active participation’ in Liturgical celebrations as determined by the Second Vatican Council


conduct approved liturgical and para liturgical services such as a Sunday Service of Word and Communion in the absence of an ordained minister

Unit sequence

Prerequisite: Normally DL1430 Doing & Living the Church’s Liturgy


The unit combines learning, critique and practical experience of liturgical celebration for the student as presider and participant

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 (%)
Personal Reflection

Five personal reflections on weekly experience

2000 40.0
Skill Demonstration

Practical experience of preparing / presiding at Liturgy / written critique

3000 60.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000