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Introducing Christian Worship



Unit Weighting         

9 credit points

Type of Unit         




Academic Staff   

His Grace Bishop Seraphim,  BD (Thessalonica, 1971), Lecturer. 

Mr Basilios Psilacos. MCh (Macquarie 2010), BChSc (Macquarie 2008), MTh (Hons) (Aristotle University Thessaloniki 2000), DipByzMusic (Thessaloniki 1998), BByzMusic (Thessaloniki 1996), BTh (SCD1994), Associate Lecturer.

Curriculum Objectives

This graduate course unit introduces students to concepts that provide a foundation for the study of Christian worship.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the biblical, theological, cultural and historical foundations for the practice of Christian worship within a particular tradition.
  2. contrast recent developments within Christian worship.
  3. critically analyse a range of liturgical resources, as a basis for further research.
  4. compare the framework of various liturgical services.
  5. differentiate the riches of the Christian liturgical traditions.


  1. The biblical basis for Christian worship
  2. The theology of Christian worship
  3. The role of culture in the development of worship
  4. The historical developments in Christian worship
  5. Current issues in Christian worship
  6. Preparation of a Christian worship service

Assessment Profile

  1. Student preparation and presentation of liturgical services or tutorial on selected topics.
  2. A critical analysis of the historical sources of Christian worship and their relevance to contemporary liturgical practices (e.g. essay).
  3. A reflection on the range of liturgical sources of this unit (e.g. exam, quiz, journal).


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