Theo 6250 Roman Missal

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 - 8:50; room E 171
Instructor:  Sister Esther Mary Nickel, R.S.M., Ph.D., S.L.D.
Office Hours:  303 715-3144; sister.nickel [at]
Monday &Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00; Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 or by appointment; room 1109

Course Description:
In order to fully understand the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as found in the Roman Missal, one must be familiar with both the origin and the organic growth of the Mass of the Roman Rite.  This course surveys of the development of the Eucharistic Liturgy from its institution by Christ through the actual Missale Romanum, editio tertia, 2002.  A special emphasis is placed on the Mass as sacrifice, exploring the theology of the Eucharist found in the Missal, as well as the Eucharistic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas.  An in-depth study per ritus et preces assists the student to acquire a proper appreciation for the Holy Mass as the source and summit of communion for both the Priest celebrant and the worshiping congregation.  This course also prepares the student for the Liturgical Practicum: Celebrating Mass.  The entire course follows the content of the English translation of the Roman Missal with lecture content interweaving the above principles. This course contributes to both the academic and pastoral program goals for the Masters in Divinity degree program.


Letter grades will be assigned according to the grading system of the Seminary.  Grades will be determined a Midterm Exam (50 %) and by a Final Exam (50%)

Course Objectives:

1. The students will more fully comprehend that the Roman Missal is a theological text which integrates the four pillars of their seminary formation.
2. The students will develop an understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the development of the Roman Missal in Sacred Scripture, Apostolic tradition, the Patristic and Medieval periods of the Church, and the particular Ecumenical Councils of Trent and Vatican Council II.
3. The students will be able to make application of the systematic study to better understand and teach the liturgical theology of the rites and prayers of the Roman Missal.
4. The students will be versed in the current Magisterial Documents that underline the importance of the right implementation of the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council for theology and celebration of the most Holy Eucharist.

Teaching Methodology:
The course is conducted with the use of lectures, instructor facilitated discussion, student presentations and audio visual presentations. 

Required Textbook: The Roman Missal, published after October 1, 2011
Recommended text:  General Instruction of the Roman Missal
Supplemental texts:

Each lecture will be accompanied by a suggested reading list that will be made available through the Cardinal Stafford Library internet service.

Books on reserve in the Cardinal Stafford Library:

Bouyer, L.  Eucharist:  Theology and Spirituality of the Eucharistic Prayer, Notre Dame, 1968.
Chupungco, A., ed., Handbook for Liturgical Studies, III., Eucharist, Liturgical Press, 1999. 
Dix, G.  The Shape of the Liturgy, Harper & Row, 1982.
Jungmann, J., The Mass of the Roman Rite:  Its Origins and Development (Missarum sollemnia), Vol. I and II, Benzinger, 1951-1955
Jungmann, J., The Mass: an Historical, Theological and Pastoral Survey, Liturgical Press, 1976. 
Klauser, T., A Short History of the Western Liturgy, Oxford, 1969.

Additional resource articles will be used in class and available through the Cardinal Stafford Library website.

1. Monday January 7
Overview, STA ST III, q. 83;
Candler:  Liturgically Trained Memory:  A Reading of ST III.83

2. Wednesday January 9
Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, Instruction of April 30, 2011 from Ecclesia Dei

3. Monday January 14
Bouyer, chapter 2; Jewish Liturgy and Christian Liturgy

4. Wednesday January 16
Folsom, Liturgical Books of the Roman Rite

5. Wednesday January 23

6. Monday January 28
Presidential Prayers
[reading Ward; Pristas]
Recommended blog

7. Wednesday January 30
Penitential and Offertory Rites

8. Monday February 4
Prefaces [reading Johnson and Ward]

9. Wednesday February 6
Theology and Structure of the Eucharistic Prayer:  GIRM

10. Monday February 11
Gloria, Creed, Solemn Blessing

11. Wednesday February 13
Ash Wednesday
Rite of Communion

12. Wednesday February 20
Palm Sunday and Holy Week: Paschalis Sollemnitatis

13. Monday February 25
Sacred Triduum

14. Wednesday February 27
Sacred Triduum

15. Monday March 4

16. Wednesday March 6
Development of the Roman Missal - until Trent [Klauser - on reserve]

17. Monday March 11
Liturgical Movement, Mediator Dei

18. Monday March 18
Sacrosanctum concilium and the theology of the Roman Missal [USCCB]

19. Wednesday March 20
Instructions 1, 2, 3

20. Monday March 25
Instruction 4 & 5

21. Monday April 8
Folsom - from one Eucharistic Prayer to many

22. Wednesday April 10
Reform of the Calendar

23. Monday April 15
Reform of the Lectionary

24. Wednesday April 17
Votive Masses

25. Monday April 22
Ritual Masses

26. Wednesday April 24
Masses for Various Needs and Occasions

 ~~~~ Final Exam ~~~~

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