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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Liturgy, Ritual and Worship
Module Code TP202
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Peter Admirand
Semester 2: Peter Admirand
Autumn: Peter Admirand
Module TeachersPeter Admirand
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will introduce students to the concept of worship and how it is expressed through liturgical rituals. It will explore ritual expression in World Religions and show ways to incorporate a variety of traditions and cultures into prayer gatherings on key occasions. It will include a study of the rhythms and cycles of the Christian Liturgical Year There will be opportunities to work in small groups to create rituals which will be celebrated and presented to the whole class.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the nature of ritual and worship in various religious traditions.
2. Demonstrate awareness of key elements of Christian worship and liturgy, along with the concept of sacraments.
3. Understand and analyse a variety of occasions in the Christian Liturgical Year
4. Create reflective moments for a range of occasions and festivals.
5. Incorporate a variety of cultures and traditions into a common ritual celebration on various themes
6. Organise a religious celebration, such as the Eucharist in the Roman Rite or a prayer service.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Assignment Completion50No Description
Independent Study39No Description
Total Workload: 125

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

Anthropological background to Ritual and Worship

Concept of sacraments and sacramental theology

Jewish and Christian Liturgy: Historical Perspectives

Major Festivals in Islam and Hinduism

The Liturgical Year in Christianity

Symbol and Ritual in Sacramental Celebrations

The Celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Rite

Practical approaches to preparing and leading liturgies

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Preparation of liturgical service of celebration of religious ritual.50%n/a
PortfolioEnd-of-Semester Final Examination50%n/a
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

  • Salamone, Frank: 2004, Encyclopedia of Religious Rites, Rituals and Festivals,, Routledge, New York, London,
  • Uzukwu, Elochukwu,: 1997, Worship as Body Language, Liturgical Press,, Collegeville, Minnesota,
  • Foley, Edward,: 2008, From Age to Age: How Christians have celebrated the Eucharist, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota,
  • Chupungo, Anscar J. O.S.B (editor): 1998, Handbook for Liturgical Studies, Volumes I-IV,, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota,
  • Martimort, A.G.,: 1987, The Church at Prayer, Vols I-IV,, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota,
  • Irish Catholic Bishops Conference: 2011, General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Irish Liturgical Publications, Dublin,
  • National Centre for Liturgy: 2011, Celebrating the Mystery of Faith – Celebrating Mass throughout the Year, Irish Liturgical Publications, Dublin,
  • Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy: 1995, The Place of Worship, Veritas, Dublin,
  • Deegan, Eileen: 0, Parish Rituals for Key Moments, CMD Book Source, 9781856074865
  • National Centre for Liturgy: 2010, Celebrating the Mystery of Faith - A Guide to the Mass, Irish Liturgical Publications, Dublin,
  • Patrick O'Donoghue: 2000, Circle of Care, Veritas, Dublin, 9781853903595
  • Drumm, Michael: 2000, Sacramental People, Volume 1: INITIATION, Columba Press, Dublin,
  • Drumm, Micahel: 2003, A Sacramental People, Volume 1 - Healing and Vocation, Columba Press, Dublin,
  • O’Donnell, Christopher: 2004, Worship, Prayer and Ritual - Into the Classroom Series - Section G (Teacher Text), Veritas, Dublin,
  • Neary, Donal: 2007, Forty Masses with Young People, Columba Press, Dublin,
Other Resources

53460, Website, 0, Liturgy Resource Centre, www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie, 53461, Website, 0, Routledge Online, www.routledgeonline.com, 53462, Website, 0, Education Scotland, www.educationscotland.gov.uk, 53463, Website, 0, World Council of Churches, www.oikoumene.org, 53464, Website, 0, National Centre for Liturgy, www.liturgy-ireland.ie,
Programme or List of Programmes
BREBachelor of Religious Education &English
BRHBachelor of Religious Education &History
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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