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Archived Version 2011 - 2012

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 4
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course will introduce participants to the elements of ritual, symbol, tradition and narrative that are central to an understanding of the liturgy. The principal focus will be the celebration of the Eucharist. It will also cover the liturgical seasons and main festivals with some comparative references to world religions. Though working together in liturgy groups the students will gain experience of preparing liturgy.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the main liturgical principles and themes.
2. Discuss the history and tradition of Christian liturgy
3. Demonstrate the ability to prepare a Eucharistic liturgy for a variety of occasions
4. Identify and select suitable liturgical music from a wide repertoire
5. Work collaboratively with others, cherishing difference and promoting unity of purpose in the preparation of liturgies.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture3two lectures in the first semester, one lecture in the second semester
Tutorial1No Description
Independent Study2No Description
Total Workload: 6

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

The Eucharistic Liturgy

The Liturgy of the Word
Using the Lectionary, Liturgy of the Hours

Principles governing liturgical music

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • National Centre for Liturgy: 2007, Celebrating the Mystery of Faith, Irish Liturgical Publications, Maynooth, 9780954981815
  • Irish Catholic Bishops Conference: 2005, General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Irish Liturgical Publications, Dublin, 9780954981808
  • Martimort, Aimé Georges: 1987, The Church at Prayer Vol I. Principles of Liturgy, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville,
  • Drumm, Michael: 1998, Passage to Pasch, Columba Press, Dublin,
Other Resources

744, Website, 0, Liturgy Resource Centre, www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie,
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