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: DL8430Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

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


engage in informed and constructive evaluation of regular and seasonal liturgical celebrations


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. Martys Minds and Mystics
  • Brown, Peter. Augustine of Hippo. London: Faber & Faber, 1967.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflections on a Prescribed Article

1000 5.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper 1000 35.0
Essay 4000 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