“Every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of His Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others; no other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 7).
There is no greater action of the Church than praising God in sacred liturgy. The Second Vatican Council teaches that the liturgy is the source and summit (SC, no. 10) of the Christian life. Though it is so important, ideas on how sacred worship is carried out can differ greatly from one Catholic to another. So, what is the liturgy and how to do we navigate the tide of opinions? And if the liturgy is so important, why has it changed so much in the last fifty years? Isn’t this an anomaly in the history of the Church? What do the documents of Vatican II really teach about the liturgy and its development? For some perspective on these questions and so much more, come to hear about “True Worship,” rooted in the teaching and tradition of the Church.
The course starts on Monday, January 29, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and will meet for five Mondays until February 26. Classes are held at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (5200 Glennon Dr., St. Louis, MO 63119).
- Jan 29 – Liturgy 101: What is the Liturgy?
- Feb 5 – A Growing Liturgy: Liturgical History up to Vatican II
- Feb 12 –Vatican II: What Really Happened
- Feb 19 – Organic Development: Theological, Pastoral, and Historical Perspectives
- Feb 26 – Hope for the Future: Worshipping in the Post-Vatican II Church
Father Jason Schumer, ordained for Saint Louis in 2010, holds a doctorate in Liturgical Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His area of research included the liturgy’s history and development, rooted in the teaching of Vatican II. Currently, he serves as Director of Worship and Assistant Professor of Sacramental and Liturgical Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Date(s) - December 12, 2017 - January 29, 2018