Liturgical Rites

This unit builds on the foundational unit 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. It explores the range of ecclesial rites and sacramental expressions drawn from worship books and ecclesial traditions and emerging pastoral needs; the history, structure and symbolism of particular rites/sacramental expressions; planning and leading particular rites; the nexus between pastoral context and ritual application; the relationship between Christian ritual/ sacramental expression and contemporary culture, and the development of new rites/sacramental expressions to meet emerging needs.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Worship and Liturgy

Credit Points



9 credit points in Liturgy

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.
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