lreli1282  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2017-2018 !

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Main themes
In order to achieve its set objectives, the course will tackle the issues facing sacramental practice and reflection today in the wake of the liturgical reform initiated by the Second Vatican Council and the challenges of secularization and unity of Christians.

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


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

- to use the instruments of work, especially the rituals resulting from the liturgical reform, concerning the sacraments;

- to situate the liturgical and pastoral issues of current sacramental practices.

According to the Bachelor's Degree in Religious Sciences:

A. to master the knowledge to explain Christianity in its cultural environment according to theological disciplines;

A.3. to understand and explain the liturgical and pastoral situation of a Christian community;

A. 5. to understand and interpret historical and juridical sources relating to the Christian Faith;

B. to use appropriate concepts to develop theological reflection;

B.4. to perceive the complementarity of the theological disciplines of positive theology, systematic theology and practical theology;

D. to develop personal theological reflection and critical thinking;

D.3. to distinguish between the theological analysis of an issue or situation and a commonsense analysis;

D.4. to equip oneself to promote self-learning and personal development throughout life.


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”.
After a general introduction which will concentrate on the implementation of the liturgical reform initiated by the Council, the course will proceed through general themes. For each theme, the corresponding liturgical rituals will be used. The theme 'Christian initiation' will address the problematic of initiation from the renewal brought about by the liturgical approach of the adult catechumenate. The dossier 'Sacrament of Reconciliation' will focus on the issues of new rituals and the difficulties encountered in its implementation. The 'anointing of the sick' theme will pay attention to the passage from the 'extreme unction' to the 'anointing of the sick'. For the 'sacrament of marriage', the new ritual and reflection on the preparation of this sacrament will be studied. Finally, concerning ordinations, the course will focus on the ecclesiological issues of the choices made by the new ritual.
Teaching methods
The course will consist in lectures, personal work on biblical and historical texts as well as on contemporary liturgical documents to develop students' analytical skills and their liturgical and theological sensitivity.  Students will also have to observe a celebration of the Eucharist which will be discussed in a class session.
Evaluation methods
Students will be evaluated on the basis of three exercises:
  • a report of the observation of a sacramental celebration;
  • theological deepening of a liturgical pastoral question;
  • an exam on the entire course, based on questions given in advance.
Online resources
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Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme

Bachelor in religious studies

Minor in Christian Theology

Additionnal module in Religious Studies