Certificate in Liturgics

Certificate in Liturgics
(15 Credit Hours)

  • Program Objectives

This certificate program is an introduction to an understanding of the principles of liturgy. There is specific study of the various aspects of Celtic Christian liturgy. Students are expected to provide a demonstration of an understanding of the liturgy. They will study the significance of the calendar, the use of liturgical symbols and colors, and the historic use of music and sometimes dance. The nature and meaning of the rites of the Order of the Shepherd’s Heart will be studied, and the student will be expected to perform the various rituals of the OSH. An understanding of the importance of all the Sacraments of the church will be included in this course and the student will be asked to exhibit a working understanding of the doctrine and theology behind each of them.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of the liturgics of the church prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Dom Alcuin Reid, The Organic Development of The Liturgy
  2. F. E. Warren, The Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church
  3. Brian E. Brown, ed., The Collected Liturgical Material for Use in Christ Catholic Church
  4. H. Norris, Church Vestments
  5. Harvey Cox, The Feast of Fools: A Theological Essay on Festivity and Fantasy
  6. Dom Gregory Dix, Shape of the Liturgy
  7. Pat Robson, A Celtic Liturgy
  8. Northumbrian Community, Celtic Daily Prayer
  9. William John Fitzgerald, A Contemporary Celtic Prayer Book
  10. Brendan O’Malley, A Celtic Eucharist
  11. Leonel L. Mitchell, The Meaning of Ritual
  12. Andrew Burnham, Heaven and Earth in Little Space: The Re-Enchantment of Liturgy
  13. Constance McIntyre, Answering The Call: A Study of Liturgical Dance
  14. Andre J. W. Queen, Oremus: A Prayerbook for the Old Catholic Priest
  15. Alan R. Kemp, A Free Catholic Concise Liturgy: And Other Useful Writings
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of the liturgics of he church within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what the liturgics of the church mean to them within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%