A comprehensive study of the theology and rites for administering the Sacraments. The course examines biblical foundations for each sacrament, the way that the Church has understood and practiced its life of prayer and sanctification throughout history using the sacraments. It focuses on the way that the Church currently celebrates the Sacraments. Preparation for diaconal ministry is achieved through an understanding of the developmental history of each sacrament and a study of the liturgical texts
DO630CE Sacramental Theology
A twelve-week course consisting of on-line studies, on-line collaboration, weekly blogs.
This course presents a comprehensive study of the theology and rites of the Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. For each sacrament, we will examine the biblical foundations, the way that the Church has understood and practiced its life of prayer and sanctification throughout history, and the way that the Roman Catholic Church currently celebrates the Rites of the Sacraments.
An emphasis is placed on:
Weekly readings, postings and specific assignments will guide students through this process.
The course is designed to provide students with
Upon successful completion of the course, participants should be able to:
Student’s grade will be based on the completion of:
Students should purchase the following books for the course:
Introduction to the Sacraments Part 1 Introduction to the Sacraments Part 2
|Module 1||Sacramentality Introduction to the historical and scriptural foundations of Sacramental Theology
Introductory remarks by J. Martos: What are Sacraments?
Martos, Doors to the Sacred, pp. 1-59, 102-146
In addition, students are required to post an introduction of themselves on the Profile section of the course.
Optional: Instruction: Redemptionis Sacramentum
Introductory remarks on Baptism: The Sacrament of Baptism.
Martos, Chapter 6 and
Bouley, Christian Initiation (RCIA and Rite of Baptism of Children), pp. 33-162
Introduction: Confirmation: the Sacrament of the Spirit. Martos, Chapter 7
Bouley, Rite of Confirmation, pp. 164-188
Introductory remarks on the Eucharist.
Martos, Chapter 8 and
Bouley, Original GIRM, pp. 192-225,
Bishop’s Committee on the Liturgy, “The Theological Vision of Sacrosanctum Concilium and the Roman Missal”
Recommended Reading: New GIRM
|Module 5||Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation
Introductory remarks on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Updates are one of the available materials helpful in a general preparation for the Sacrament or other catechetical moments.Martos, Chapter 9 and
Bouley, Part IV, The Rite of Penance, pp. 395-430
|Module 6||Anointing of the Sick||Reading:
Introductory remarks on the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The Updates are one of the available materials helpful in a general preparation for the Sacrament or other catechetical moments,
Martos, Chapter 10 and
Bouley, Part VII, Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying, pp. 489-548
|Module 7||Sacraments of Vocation: Matrimony||Introductory remarks on the Sacrament of Marriage. Reading: Martos, Chapter 11 and
Bouley, Part V, The Rite of Marriage, pp. 431-452
|Module 8||Holy Orders||Introductory remarks on the Sacrament of Holy Orders Reading: Martos, Chapter 12
Bouley, Part VI, The Rite of Ordination, pp. 453-488
|Module 9||The Context of the Sacraments: Environment and Music in the celebration of the Sacraments||Readings:
Mass Should Be More of a Celebration (Question #1)USCCB, “Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture and Worship.” (Chapters 1 to 3)
Celebrating the Beauty of Faith: The Eucharist and Sacred Art
Music and the proclamation of God’s Word
Envision Church: Optional reading on Art Architecture and Sacred Space
|Module 10||Parish Sacramental Experience||Readings:
Introductory remarks: Parish Ministry Today
|Module 11||Sacramental Preparation
Introductory remarks on the Adult Catechism: SacramentsSacramental Catechesis – aspects of sacramental preparation and review.
|Module 12||Sacraments and Social Mission of the Church||Readings: USCCB
Communities Of Salt And Light Reflections On The Social Mission Of The Parish (USCCB, 1996)
Sacraments and social Mission (USCCB, 2013)