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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Liturgy
Module Code TP141
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John Murray
Semester 2: John Murray
Autumn: John Murray
Module TeachersPat O'Donoghue
John Murray
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will provide an overview of key themes in liturgical theology and explore elements of ritual and liturgy across different traditions. The elements of liturgy - tradition, narrative, ritual, symbol and worship - will be studied and related to the experience of the participants.

Learning Outcomes

1. Exhibit awareness of the core elements of effective ritual across different Christian traditions.
2. Apply basic principles of Liturgical Theology to the preparation of a liturgical celebration.
3. Plan, prepare and participate in liturgies for a variety of occasions and seasons.
4. Evaluate the experience of liturgy in a range of contexts.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Directed learning63.5No Description
Assignment Completion40No Description
Group work60No Description
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Liturgy as the prayer of a community. The elements of liturgy: tradition, narrative, ritual, symbol and worship

The Liturgical year and the celebration of Sunday

Creating a sacred space. Principles governing liturgical music

The liturgy of the Word – Using the Lectionary. Liturgy of the Hours

Celebrating Sacraments – Weddings, Funerals and Services of Reconciliation

Current pastoral issues facing communities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • The National Centre for Liturgy: 2007, Celebrating the Mystery of Faith: A Guide to the Mass,, National Liturgy Centre,
  • Martimort, Aimé Georges: 1987, he Church at Prayer Vol.1 Principles of Liturgy, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville,
  • O’Donnell, Christopher: 2004, Worship, Prayer and Ritual, Veritas, Dublin,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BATRSBA in Theology and Religious Studies

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