The aim of this unit is to lead the students to an understanding of the importance of the liturgy in the life of the Church and of every Christian. The unit will begin by exploring the historical development of the liturgy. This will be followed by a study of Sacrosanctum Concilium, and on how this document was implemented in the life of the Church over the last 52 years. This will be done through the exploration of all the essential elements of the liturgy: the theology of liturgy; the liturgical year and the Easter Triduum; the role of ministers and of the assembly; the role and meaning of symbols; the liturgy of the Hours; the criteria for liturgical preparation; the role of music; the celebration of liturgy with children; liturgical gestures and movements; liturgical space and the language of the liturgy

Unit code: DL8000C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Express a theological and liturgical understanding of the role of the Trinity in the liturgy.


Critically compare the different ministerial roles, both baptismal and priestly, in the liturgy and analyse their liturgical the theological importance.


Articulate the meaning and the use of symbols in the liturgy.


Articulate the principles and the adaptations of the Liturgy of the Hours and the liturgy with children and demonstrate the pastoral skills for their implementation.


Demonstrate a documented understanding of the use of music, gestures, movements, space and language in the liturgy.


Plan, prepare and evaluate liturgical celebrations.


Define, plan and undertake a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.



Indicative Bibliography

  • Capra, Elio. Called Gifted Sent: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Triduum. Melbourne: James Goold House, 2010.
  • Dalmais, Irénée Henri, Pierre Jounel, and Aimé Georges Martimort. The Liturgy and Time, Vol. 4, The Church at Prayer: An Introduction to the Liturgy. New ed. Edited by Aimé Georges Martimort. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1986.
  • General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Strathfield, NSW: St Paul’s Publications, 2012.
  • Gelineau, Joseph. Liturgical Assembly: Liturgical Song. Translated by Bernadette Gasslein. Portland, OR: Pastoral, 2001.
  • Huck, Gabe. Liturgy with Style and Grace. 3rd ed. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1998.
  • Lysik, David A., ed. The Liturgy Documents: A Parish Resource. 2 vols. 4th ed. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1999–2004.
  • Pilcher, Carmel, David Orr, and Elizabeth Harrington, eds. Vatican II: Reforming Liturgy. Adelaide: ATF Theology, 2013.
  • Ratzinger, Joseph. The Spirit of the Liturgy. Translated by John Saward. San Francisco: Ignatius, 2000.
  • Searle, Mark, Barbara Searle, and Anne Koester, eds. Called to Participate: Theological, Ritual and Social Perspectives. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006.
  • Torevell, David. Losing the Sacred: Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 2000.
  • Vatican Council II. Sacrosanctum Concilium. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. 4 December 1963.
  • Vosko, Richard S. God’s House is Our House: Reimagining the Environment for Worship. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1


6000 word essay

6000 100.0

Variant 2

Essay 2000 30.0
Essay 4000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-24 14:20:45 +1000