Christian rites and symbols : Liturgy

lreli1160  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Christian rites and symbols : Liturgy
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The course will cover the basic notions of anthropology of the ritual, the history and the theological foundations of Christian liturgies and a special introduction to the rite of the Eucharist.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 A. to master the knowledge to explain Christianity in its cultural environment according to theological disciplines;
A3. to understand and explain the liturgical and pastoral situation of a Christian community;
2 B. to employ appropriate concepts to develop theological reflection;
B.1. to know the notions proper to theology and its epistemology;
B.4. to perceive the complementarity of the theological disciplines relevant to positive theology, systematic theology and practical theology;
3 C. to properly use the tools for rigorous theological reflection and research;
C.1. to know the diversity of the methods of analysis and research used in theology.
In order to achieve its set objectives, the course will address the following themes: study of rituals (sign, symbol, rite, symbolic order) and specifically Christian rituals in their kinship and difference; biblical roots of rites and liturgies; the pneumatological and ecclesiological dimension of liturgies; liturgical documentation (ancient and contemporary sources, including an in-depth study of liturgical reform after the Second Vatican Council), practical introduction to the use of the main working tools for the study of the sacraments and the liturgy.
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Une bibliographie générale sera distribuée en début de cours. Je relève déjà ici:
En lecture obligatoire :
  • De Clerck Paul, L’intelligence de la liturgie. Paris 1995, éd. revue et augm. 2005 (Liturgie 4)
Utiles et conseillés :
  • Adam Adolf, La liturgie aujourd’hui. Précis de liturgie catholique. Tournai: Brepols, 1989 (Mysteria. Collection liturgique 1) seulement les p. 1-83 (livre épuisé, donc en bibliothèque ou achat d’occasion)
  • Join-Lambert Arnaud, Guide pour comprendre la messe. Paris, Mame, 2002. ou équivalent
  • Michel Scouarnec, Les symboles chrétiens. Les sacrements ne sont pas étranges. Paris  1998 (Vivre – Croire – Célébrer). ou équivalent
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Certificat universitaire en théologie (fondements)

Minor in Christian Theology

Bachelor in religious studies