Introduction to Liturgy


The course provides the theological and historical foundations for understanding the evolution of Christian liturgical forms, and pastoral practice. In this course we examine the major moments in the historical development of the liturgy from the New Testament era with its Jewish foundations to the present.

This course gives serious attention to exploring the local and contextual elements of liturgy, language, posture and gesture, hymnody and other music and musical instruments, and art and architecture for Christian worship. Intense examination will be given to the transcultural nature of worship, and the possibilities for cross-cultural sharingand critical approaches to liturgical practice.



Bradshaw, Paul F., and John Allyn Melloh. Foundations in Ritual Studies: A Reader for Students of Christian Worship. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007.

Bradshaw, Paul F. The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Bradshaw, Paul F. Early Christian Worship: A Basic Introduction to Ideas and Practices. 2nd ed. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2010.

Chupungo, Anscar J. Liturgical Inculturation: Sacramentals, Religiosity, and Chatechesis. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1992.Pecklers, Keith F. Worship: A Primer in Christian Ritual. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.

Foley, Edward, John Baldovin, Mary Collins, and Joanne Pierce, eds. A Commentary on the Order of Mass of the Roman Missal: A New English Translation. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011.

Martimort, Aimé Georges. The Church at Prayer: An Introduction to the Liturgy. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. 4 vols. New ed. London: G. Chapman, 1986.

Metzger, Marcel. History of the Liturgy: The Major Stages. Translated by Madeleine M. Beaumont. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1997.

Taft, Robert F. The Byzantine Rite: A Short History American essays in liturgy series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.

The Rites of the Catholic Church as Revised by the Second Vatican Ecumenical           Council. Vol 1. New York: Pueblo, 1990.

Wainwright, Geoffrey, and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker. The Oxford History of Christian Worship. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. [on-line version available]

White, James F. Documents of Christian Worship: Descriptive and Interpretive Sources. 1st ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster/J. Knox Press, 1992. [on-line verion available]


White, James F. Protestant Worship: Traditions in Transition. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989.

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