Christian rites and symbols : Liturgy

lreli1160  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Christian rites and symbols : Liturgy
5 credits
30.0 h
Join-Lambert Arnaud;
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.

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


At the end of this course, the student will be able:

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;
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;
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.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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.
Evaluation methods
Students will be evaluated on the basis of three exercises:
- an observation of a Sunday worship, with a ratio of 4/20
- a summary of a chapter in a written manual and presented for oral examination, rated 4/20
- an oral examination on the course. The evaluation will be based mainly on the knowledge acquired and the ability to account for the historical and anthropological (4/20) and theological aspects of liturgical practices (4/20), in particular a question on chapters dealing with the Eucharist (4/20).
Other information
Support on Moodle
Support de cours obligatoire : 
P. De Clerck, L'intelligence de la liturgie. Paris, éd. du Cerf, 1995, édition revue et augmentée, collection Liturgie n°4, 2005.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme

Bachelor in religious studies

Minor in Christian Theology