1558 L Thu 28 Feb 2002
Last night I went to my first class for the year at Catholic
Theological College. The only subject I am doing this semester
is: DL101 Introduction to Liturgy A. The lecturer is Reverend
Elio Capra, SDB. Here is a description from the Handbook:
The unit is a study of the major liturgical areas: the theology
of the liturgy; the liturgical assembly; the role of symbols
in the liturgy; the liturgical year; the liturgy of the hours;
the criteria of liturgical preparation; the role of music in
the liturgy; celebrating liturgy with children; the liturgical
gestures and movements; the language of the liturgy and the liturgical
There were 22 students: 14 males and 8 females. Half of the
22 were religious or seminarians.
Our first assignment of 1000 words is due on 10 April:
"We have analysed in depth the presentation of a major
theological assumption expounded in the Catechism of the Catholic
Church, namely, that the source and goal of all liturgy, sacramental
and nonsacramental, is the action of God: a God who blesses,
a God who blesses the world with a paschal mystery, a God who
encounters, acts, recalls meaning, gives spiritual understanding,
makes present the unique mystery of Christ, transforms and brings
us into communion with the divine."
Kenan Osborne, Christian Sacraments in a Postmodern World,
(New York/Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2000), 139.
Give an analysis of this quote. Your comments must deal with
the following questions: What is liturgy? What are the essential
elements and characteristics of liturgy? What is the aim and
purpose of liturgy? What is the role of God in the liturgy? How
are human beings called to respond?
The reading for it includes the Catechism of the Catholic
Church 1076-1209, and two commentaries on the Constitution on
the Sacred Liturgy (the first document of Vatican II).
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 28 February 2002.