PG 487 Sacramental Theology: Liturgical and Systematic Aspects

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Module Level

9/10 PhD, MTh, STL Seminar Course


Seminar Attendance mandatory; Participation and Reflection Paper (approx. 3,500 words): 50%. Final 3,500-word Essay: 50%

Module Aims

An overview will be made of the articulation of sacramental theory over the past century, including in the writings of Odo Casel, Edward Schillebeeckx, Yves Congar, David Power and Louis-Marie Chauvet. With the assistance of these and other, an investigation will be made of how sacrament both forms and defines a Christian and ecclesial imagination and reality.

Course Outcomes:
At the end of this seminar, participants will

• be able to understand better the developments in sacramental theology in the twentieth and early twenty-first century; and be familiar with the writings of some of its principal architects;

• have gained a sense of sacrament as an efficacious and transformative self-revelation and donation of Christ, through Church into the fabric of Christian life;

• be capable of analyzing theological influences in contemporary writings of sacramental theology;

• develop a competence in structuring written reflection and scientific engagement with sacramental theology in the new directions it is taking;

• be able to identify pastoral and liturgical applications of insights gained in the course of the seminar.

Course Structure
The course will consist of input and class discussions based on the assigned readings. Assignments will sharpen critical analysis and research skills in the field.

All Seminar participants should procure their own copy of

Lizette Larson-Miller, Sacramentality Renewed: Contemporary Conversations in Sacramental Theology (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016).


  • Goffredo Boselli, The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy: School of Prayer, Source of Life (Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2014).
  • Louis-Marie Chauvet, Symbol and Sacrament. A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Existence, trans. Madeleine Beaumont Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1995.
  • Karen E. Eifler and Thomas M. Landy, eds., Becoming Beholders: Cultivating Sacramental Imagination and Action in College Classrooms (Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2014).
  • Siobhan Garrigan, Beyond Ritual: Sacramental Theology after Habermas (Abingdon: Ashgate, 2004).
  • Benjamin Gordon-Taylor and Juliette Day, editors, The Study of Liturgy and Worship London: SPCK, 2013.
  • Graham Hughes, “The Embodied Word: In Search of a Reformed Sacramentality,” Milltown Studies 76 (2015): 1-49.
  • Graham Hughes, Reformed Sacramentality (Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2017).
  • Kevin W. Irwin, The Sacraments. Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology (New York/Mahwah, NJ: 2016)
  • Joseph Martos, The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009).
  • Bruce T. Morrill, Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009).
  • Paul Philibert, ed., At the Heart of Christian Worship: Liturgical essays of Yves Congar (Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2010).
  • David Power, Sacrament: The Language of God’s Giving (New York: Crossroad, 2000).
  • Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy (New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2002).
  • Catherine Vincie, Worship and the New Cosmology (Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press, 2014)
  • Thomas R. Whelan, “Eucharist and Word,” Milltown Studies 74 (2014): 88-121.