The Liturgical Year
Next Session: Aug 29, 2023
This course will explore liturgical time – the structure of the Church’s calendar, its theological meaning, and its liturgical expression. Christians are invited to enter ever more deeply into Christ’s life through the liturgical use of time.
The presentations in this course come from a conference, sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, entitled "Unfolding the Mystery of Christ: Exploring Liturgical Time." The conference attempted to discuss all aspects of liturgical time: two of the primary presentations concerned the regular passage of the liturgical year through the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons, one concerned the special calendar of saints interposed within the liturgical year, and the final talk concerned the passage of each day and week, looking at the Liturgy of the Hours and the Sunday Mass.
These talks, and the other materials presented in this STEP course, are intended to make you conscious of the way liturgical time is used by God for our redemption.
Unit 1 - Introduction to liturgical time
Unit 2 - The mystery of the Incarnation
Advent – Christmas – Epiphany
Unit 3 - The mystery of the Resurrection
Lent – Easter – Pentecost
Unit 4 - Discovering God’s presence
Through the day and the week: Sunday and the Liturgy of the Hours
Unit 5 - Discovering God’s presence
Through celebrations of His holy ones: the feasts of Mary and the saints
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- Lectures delivered via streaming video, with transcripts also available.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator-moderated chat session with students in course.
- All course materials are available online in the course.
- View or read the lecture for each unit.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 3 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 25 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.