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THEO 343 Vatican II: The Church and Her Liturgy

Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Apr 01, 2019 @ 04:38 PM

Now is the time to enroll in this newly revised course about the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), a major event in Church history and perhaps the most misunderstood. The course, which is taught by Dr. Marie Nuar, features fresh video and instruction from Rome.

Documents issued by the Second Vatican Council included four Constitutions, the highest ranking documents issued by a Council: two on the Church, one on divine Revelation, and one on the Sacred Liturgy.

Specifically, this course will examine two documents that deal with the Church--Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes--and one that deals with liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Lumen Gentium is a dogmatic constitution focusing on the theology of the Church, or ecclesiology. It explains what the Church is, the way it works, and the role of the people of God, the hierarchy, laity, and religious. Gaudium et Spes is a pastoral Constitution that focuses on the way in which the Church carries the mission of Christ to the world.

Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, explains what the Church’s liturgy is and how a person participates in it.

After completing the course, students will better understand their role in the Church, the mission given to us all through baptism, and the Church’s teaching on liturgy and how it is being implemented today.

Offered in the Summer I term, registration begins on March 11th, and the class begins on May 6th.