May 21, 2024  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 586 - Theology of the Liturgy

This course explores the theology of Christian worship. It begins with its Jewish antecedents, foundations in the New Testament, and history down to the renewal of Vatican II and through the present day. The course gives special attention to the fundamental Christian rites of initiation and Eucharist.

Prerequisites & Notes
TH 580

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 5 Units

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Outline the historical development of the liturgy from its Jewish origins through the Second Vatican Council to the implementation of the revised English translation.
  • Describe the liturgical reform promulgated in Sacrosanctum Concilium.
  • Analyze the implementation of the liturgical reforms of Vatican II from 1965 to the present.
  • Compare and contrast the old translations of the Ordinary Form of the Mass, the new translations of the Ordinary Form of the Mass, and the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
  • Study the diversity of rites with regard to the Latin and Eastern rites.
  • Identify theological themes within liturgical prayers and texts, with special emphasis on the Eucharistic prayers.
  • Write a theological analysis of contemporary liturgical text or practice. 

Credits: 3

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