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Liturgical Rites


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9 credit points

Type of Unit              



9 credit points in Liturgical Studies

Academic Staff          

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 course unit builds on the Introduction to Worship with a particular focus on rites other than those of Christian initiation. It enables sacramental and non-sacramental Christian traditions to study the role of rites in their ecclesial life.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of history, structure, and symbolism of particular rites.
  2. Articulate a sound comprehension of the spiritual richness and transformative power of liturgical rites.
  3. Employ a ritual framework to devise rites and sacramental expressions where required.
  4. Give appropriate pastoral expression to liturgical rites.
  5. Participate with greater intellectual and spiritual awareness in the worship and mysteries of the Church.


  1. The range of ecclesial rites within the Paschal (movable) calendar cycle, drawn from worship books and ecclesial traditions
  2. A selection of ecclesial rites from the Festal (fixed) calendar cycle, drawn from worship books and ecclesial traditions.
  3. The ecclesial rites of daily worship/prayer.
  4. The Cathedral (Asmatic) rite.
  5. History, structure and symbolism of particular sacramental/ceremonial rites.
  6. The nexus between pastoral context and ritual application.

Assessment Profile

  1. Analyse recent writing on Christian rites or sacramental expressions other than those of initiation (e.g. critical review, short essay). 
  2. Present a coherent theological understanding of the transformative power of Christian rites in relation to ecclesial life (e.g. essay).
  3. Apply the basic principles of liturgical theology to one or more pastoral contexts (e.g. student presentation, written report).

3 contact hours per week on campus or via distance education.