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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Liturgical Studies and the Sacred Arts

Sacred Arts

Taught by Chris Renz, OP, DSPT Academic Dean, and Assistant Professor of Religion & the Arts and Science & Theology

LSRA 1500, Foundations of Catholic Liturgy: The Ongoing Work of Jesus Christ

This course offers a general introduction to Christian liturgy in the Roman (Latin) Rite by examining principles of worship from anthropological, historical, spiritual, and theological perspectives. The principle of lex orandi/lex credendi will be explored through an examination of the roles that symbol, culture, fine arts plan in Catholic worship and liturgy. Topics covered included liturgical drama, sacred time and liturgical seasons, sacred numbers and art and architecture.

Intended for MDiv, MA, STL, STD, and PhD students. The latter may upgrade with faculty permission.

LSRA 3500, Liturgical Piety: Anthropological Foundations of Catholic Liturgy

A familiar phrase from the “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” or Sacrosanctum Concilium, is the earnest desire “that the faithful be led to that fully conscious and active participation in the liturgical celebration.” Much discussion has ensued as to the proper meaning and implementation of this desire. This course will explore the historical, philosophical and biological aspects of the meaning of “conscious and active participation” with an introduction to key concepts discussed by theologians of the so-called liturgical movement, namely “active and intelligent participation” as guided by a “liturgical piety” cultivated in the lay faithful. Students will be introduced to the philosophical anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas and Jacques Maritain and basic principles from the field of “aesthetic science”.

Intended for MDiv, MA, STL, STD, and PhD students. The latter may upgrade with faculty permission.

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