- To provide clergy and others involved in the pastoral aspects of liturgy today with a historical and theological formation appropriate to their needs and ministry - to deepen knowledge of the main periods of Christian Liturgy and its architectural setting, from Jewish origins to current liturgical development - to provide an overview of liturgical theology with a special study of selected authors - to introduce students to the main areas of ritual studies and their relevance for liturgical practice - to provide an opportunity for personal reflection - to provide the opportunity for research in an appropriate filed of the student’s own choice - to present a structured history of liturgy - to supply and encourage insight into the process and significance of liturgical prayer - to describe sacraments from the viewpoint of pastoral practice and sacramental theology - to give a useful theological basis for liturgy - to explore the relationship between liturgy and Church
The degree is designed to meet the needs of those seeking a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Christian Liturgy, who wish to delve into the early and later history of the liturgy, who wish to carry out studies in the theology of liturgy, ritual, and symbol, and who have a desire to open up important questions and topics on liturgy that otherwise they would miss.
MA Pastoral Liturgy
Students have consistently praised this degree for the quality and range of the topics covered, and particularly commend its ecumenical nature. It is very popular indeed among Anglican clergy as part of their post-ordination study.
You will have ample opportunity to read, reflect and discuss issues with other students who are as interested as you.
You will be able to benefit from academic expertise, and from the considerable book and journal resources in liturgy in our library.
You will deepen your awareness and understanding of the place of liturgy in the lives of Christians, and, through the range of modules, will build up a level of knowledge and a breadth of learning that will be of great benefit to you, whether your approach is mainly pastoral, or academic.
The degree is particularly suitable for people seeking a qualification in liturgy at Master’s level, but is also of interest to anyone with some background in theology or liturgy who wants to study liturgy in depth.
Alternative study pathways are available: two modules (Autumn plus Lent) may be studied for a certificate, and four modules for a diploma.
Liturgical Movement from 1900
Optional modules (choose 3)
History of Liturgy to 1900
Modern Theologies of Liturgy
Symbol and Ritual
Special Subject in Pastoral Liturgy
-Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ
-Kevin Donovan SJ
The teachers are highly qualified in liturgy and have considerable experience in liturgical practice at the parish level.
Each module is assessed by a combination of coursework tasks completed during of shortly after the period of module teaching, and an end-of-year essay. The pass mark for each module is 50%.