Studies in Liturgy and Worship

Studies in Liturgy and Worship

Studies in Liturgy and Worship THL518 (Master of Theology, Master of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology Honours) is being taught at United Theological College Sydney in 2018 Session 2 by Dr Gerard Moore.

The subject is an identified scholarship subject with UTC in 2018.  For more information about our UCA scholarships please contact [email protected]

This subject provides students with the opportunity to engage with contemporary scholarship on the interrelationship of worship and theology, developed through an appreciation of worship as ‘primary theology’. Necessarily this involves an in-depth understanding of the range of liturgical sources including prayers, lectionaries, rites, rubrics, music and performance, art and architecture, along with the development of skills in analysing their content, influence and contribution to theology.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to evaluate critically current scholarship in liturgical theology
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciateion of the place of culture in worship
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complexity involved in the translation of liturgical texts and the use of those texts
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth theological understanding of the interrelationship between liturgy and doctrine
  • be able to identify and critically evaluate a range of liturgical texts, e.g., prayers, lectionaries, rites, rubrics, music, liturgical space, art and performance; and
  • be able to develop appropriate tools and methods for the critical analysis of liturgical texts and performance

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:

Liturgical Theology 

  • Key contemporary writers in liturgical theology
  • Liturgy and culture
  • The origin, intent and multiple applications of the phrase lex orandi lex credendi (i.e. as we worship, so we live!)

Liturgical Sources

  • Hermeneutical approaches to liturgical texts: prayers, lectionaries, rites, rubrics, music and performance, art and architecture
  • The history of liturgical texts and current critical editions
  • Analyzing liturgical performance
  • The dynamics of translation of liturgical texts