PG 708: Pastoral Practice of Liturgy

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Module Level

9/10: MTh/PhD/STL Seminar Course

Time Allowance

Semester 1. 10 Seminars. Wednesdays 10:00-12:00. Beginning 25.09.2019


Three brief papers of c.2,000 words each and a class presentation.

Module Aims

Taking the liturgical ‘ordo’ as a way of studying the deep structures of Christian worship, this module will examine how patterns of corporate, ordered worship in Christ might be understood from the viewpoint of their celebration.

Indicative Syllabus

The ‘Ordo’ of Christian Worship: Text and Beyond;

Broken Symbols and Juxtaposition;

Assembly in the practice of liturgical worship;

How local Churches are related to each other;

The place of worship and its symbols;

Reading Ritual Books

Leading the public prayer of the Church.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the conclusion of this module, the student will be able to critically discuss the core of liturgical actions:
  • By applying the ordo to liturgical celebrations, the student will analyse the deep structures of Christian worship and will apply this mode of reflection to liturgical texts, symbols and spaces.
  • Through engaging with an analysis of liturgical celebrations, the student will strengthen their own style of liturgical leadership.


  • Edward Kilmartin, Christian Liturgy Theology and Practice. Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1988
  • Gordon W. Lathrop, Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1993.
  • Gordon W. Lathrop, Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1999.
  • R. Kevin Seasoltz, A Virtuous Church. Catholic Theology, Ethics and Liturgy for the 21st Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012.