Prayer Book I: The Sacraments

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This course introduces students to the study of liturgy and its practice in worshipping communities. Primary focus will be on liturgical theology, liturgical leadership, Eucharist and rites of Christian initiation. Particular attention will be given to the Anglican tradition and the rites of the Episcopal Church as they are authorized in the Book of Common Prayer 1979. Evaluation is through participation based on required readings, online discussion with other students and written assignments.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the biblical, historical and theological development of the two dominical sacraments;
  • Discuss the theological assumptions of the sacraments in the context of the Book of Common Prayer;
  • Discuss current trends in the sacramental and worshipping life of the Episcopal Church.
  • Describe your personal leadership style in the liturgy as well as the affect of the liturgy on your spirituality.

Participation Requirements:

  • Weekly reading of assigned texts.
  • Participation in class discussion using Moodle (minimum of two comments, questions or responses weekly.)
  • Final project that reflects your experience with the course material and discussion.
  • Primary readings from required text, additional readings provided online.
  • Supplemental readings and online media are provided to encourage further exploration.

Weekly facilitator moderated chat sessions with students.

Required Readings:

Lathrop, Gordon. Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

Meyers, Ruth A. Continuing the Reformation: Re-Visioning Baptism in the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Pub, 1997.

Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David According to the Use of the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Hymnal Corp, 1979.