Term: Fall 2017
Fr. Gregoire J. Fluet, Ph.D.
1. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Liturgy both forms faith and is an expression of faith. As Sacrosanctum Concilium states it is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” Because it is the living manifestation of Christ within the world, it is therefore vitally important to understand what Catholic liturgy is and what it communicates. This course, thus, examines the theology of Catholic liturgical and sacramental life in its historical development, rich symbolism, varieties of expression, pastoral aspects, spirituality and contemporary issues.
2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES
3. COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to modification)
WEEK 1 – Introduction, Liturgical Theology today
WEEK 2- What is Liturgy? Jewish Roots.
WEEK 3- Historical background, the concept of organic development
WEEK 4- Historical background, the Middle Ages, and Enlightenment
WEEK 5- The pseudo-Synod of Pistoia – principles, etc
WEEK 6- Dom Gueranger and the beginning of the Liturgical Movement
WEEK 7- The Liturgical Movement of the 20th century
WEEK 8- Mediator Dei
WEEK 9- Vatican II and Sacrosanctum Consilium
WEEK 10- The post-Vatican II liturgical reform, lights and shadows
WEEK 11- Post Vatican II Papal Documents
WEEK 12- The Sacrifice of the Mass, a brief theology
WEEK 13- -paper due. The Anglican Rite, or Sarum Restored.
WEEK 14- Summorum Pontificum and further developments
WEEK 15- Conclusions, summary
4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
There will be one paper required for this course, weekly postings for the course, and a mid-term and final examination. The paper will be 25% of the grade, the postings 20 % the midterm 25 % and the final 30%.
All papers must be double-spaced, in 12-point font, and with 1” margins. A cover page assists to make the work excellent. All sources must be properly referenced using standard Holy Apostles form for citations.
Readings will be assigned throughout the course in the appropriate weekly lessons.
Paper – due week 13.
5 – 6 pages
Topic: Equipped with what you have learned in this class, how would you explain to someone the beauty, the mystery, and the inner meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? In a manner similar to what you did for Paper 1, decipher the “languages” of the liturgy, its signs, texts, the movements and gestures, the setting (i.e. the sacred space), and other elements of the ritual (music, incense, sacred vessels, vestments, etc.). As if you were preparing a presentation or writing an article to help better inform Catholics, who don’t really understand the Mass, pull back the veil to help reveal for them, what lies behind the externals of the Mass.
You may use the Ordinary Form of the Mass or the Extraordinary Form of the Mass of the Roman Rite as the basis for your paper.
Full texts for the Order of the Mass can be found at the following links:
Ordinary Form of the Mass
(The Order of the Mass begins on page 513)
Extraordinary Form of the Mass
(Mass texts in both English and Latin; rubrics in Latin)
(Mass texts and rubrics in both English and Latin)
Here are some links to YouTube videos that may help you.
Ordinary Form of the Mass “ad orientem”
Ordinary Form of the Mass
Extraordinary Form of the Mass
5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:
Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).
GRADING SCALE: A 94-100; A- 90-93;
B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83;
C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73;
F 59 and below
GRADING RUBRICS FOR PAPERS
Absence of Understanding
Posting shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic
Posting demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them
Posting demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them
Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides
Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts
Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.
Inadequate research and/or documentation
Over-reliance on few sources; poor quality of chosen sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.
Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement
Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources; too many citation errors.
Solid research and documentation
A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.
Excellent critical research and documentation
Critically selected and relevant scholarly sources demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations follow standard bibliographic format.
Writing & Expression
Posting is only partially written or fails to address the topic
Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed
Posting touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage
Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill
Posting is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors
Solid writing with something interesting to say
Posting is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples; level-appropriate syntax and diction; mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error
command-level writing, making a clear impression
Posting is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development ; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage
8. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.
In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.
Students, where applicable:
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:
9. ATTENDANCE POLICY
Attendance for seminarians is mandatory for every class. Absences and tardiness will be reported. Seminarians may be excused from a given class for legitimate justified reasons (i.e., sickness) but the instructor must be notified prior to the class.
Attendance at every class is not mandatory for non-seminarian students, however, it is in the student’s best interest to attend every class because it will help in a better understanding of the course material. More than three unexcused absences will be reflected in the student’s grade.
10. INCOMPLETE POLICY
An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.
To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.
Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.
Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.
A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.