Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the origins and development of Christian liturgy, including a special focus on the significant reforms of the Catholic Church's Second Vatican Council. It affords students the opportunity to study the meaning and theology of liturgy. Key documents underpinning the reform and celebration of the liturgy will be considered. Contemporary questions related to liturgy and worship will be explored. This course will be of interest to a broad range of students, including those who may find it useful in their professional context.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO6001. Students who have successfully completed THEO6001 are not eligible to enrol in RELT6001.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Examine the origin and development of the Roman liturgy leading to the liturgical reform of Vatican II, its reception and consequent challenges;

2. Study ritual, symbol and celebration as key to good liturgical experience;

3. Discuss the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy in light of recent documents of John Paul II and Benedict XVI;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of, and appreciation for, liturgical law;

5. Evaluate contemporary liturgical questions and issues.


The course will be organised around the following themes:

1. Liturgy: What is its nature and place in the life of the Christian community.

2. The Liturgical Assembly, participation and ministry: Who celebrates the liturgy, what are the roles of various liturgical ministries within the worshipping community?

3. Elements of liturgy:

  • a)  Word, song, silence, gesture, ritual and symbol
  • b)  The specific place of each element in the action of worship

4. The celebration of the Eucharist and its historical development.

5. Overview of liturgical change in 20th century:

6. Pastoral issues pertaining to liturgy.


This course replaces THEO6001. If you have successfully completed THEO6001 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3