David Fagerberg Syllabus

THEO 60416 Liturgical Theology, summer 2013

David W. Fagerberg

344 Malloy, 631-4366, Fagerberg.1@nd.edu


Course Description:

This course will detail how Christian theology is rooted in the liturgy's lex orandi. We will begin by defining the method and scope of liturgical theology (especially using Schmemann, Kavanagh and Taft). We will then apply this to catechetics, asceticism, ecclesiology, and spirituality. Looking at specific topics in liturgical theology and some of the influential authors in the liturgical movement of this century, the student will arrive at a framework for relating the liturgical life of the body of Christ with ministry that leads to and flows from it.



 Aidan Kavanagh, On Liturgical Theology (Liturgical Press, isbn 0814660673)

 Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World (St Vladimir's Press, isbn 0913836087)

 David Fagerberg, Theologia Prima (Liturgy Training Publications, isbn 156854510)

 David Fagerberg, On Liturgical Asceticism (Catholic University Press, isbn 978-0813221175)



Mon, July 8

Introductions: symbol, leitourgia, pioneers, selem 


Tues July 9





Liturgy and World ch 1-4 (69)

Wed July 10


Liturgy and Theology ch 5-8 (106)

Thur July 11


The Spirit of the Liturgy (66)

Fri July 12

Virgil Michel

Odo Casel – Mystery

The Liturgy of the Church (ch 1 (60)

Mystery of Worship (47)




Mon July 15

Special Topics




Bouyer, Deiss (42)

Pieper, ch 1 (41)

Tues July 16

Mystical Body


Emile Mersch (48)

Mystici Corporis, dwf Theosis in Roman Key

Wed July 17



Thurian, Bouyer (55)

Fagerberg, de la Taille (50)

Thur July 18


Vatican documents

Lossky (27), dwf (10)

Mediator Dei, Sacrosanctum Concilium,

Fri July 19

For the Life of the World

Schmemann (113)




Mon July 22

On Liturgical Theology


Fagerberg ch 1-2, (69)

T&T Clark essay (15), Roczniki essay (10)

Tues July 23

Liturgy and Leitourgia

Fagerberg ch 3-4-5 (89)

Wed July 24

On Liturgical Asceticism

Passions, Askesis

Fagerberg 1-3 (100)

Thur July 25

Monk, laic, saint

Fagerberg 4-6 (100)

Fri July 26

In-class final exam




 Participation in all class sessions.

 Final exam – in class, last day (33%)

 Two written reflections, each 6-7 pages, (67%). Due the weekend after week 1 and week 2.  You may think of these as take essay exams which you do not have to write in class.  I will give you five questions or topics, and you reflect at length about one of them using the material we have read the week before.