Advanced Topics in Medieval Liturgy

TRP5105HS  L0101
Offered in Winter 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Against the backdrop of revived enthusiasm for "Traditional Latin Liturgy” in parts of the Catholic Church in recent years, this course will invite students to a deep engagement with the historical processes that transformed the loosely organized local liturgical traditions of early medieval Rome and Gaul into a sophisticated pan-European rite.  Close study of the various annual cycles of prayers, readings and chants of the Mass and Divine Office, along with the external religious and political pressures that shaped their development over time, will be combined with an investigation of how liturgists and ordinary worshippers of different periods during the Middle Ages interpreted their liturgies as a unified system that both expressed theological truth and was itself a fitting object of theological reflection.

Prerequisites: an introductory course on medieval liturgy (e.g. TRH 3725HS or MST 3501F); basic knowledge of the Latin language (such as could be acquired by taking SAJ 1501HY or MST 1000Y); and the ability to make use of secondary literature in either French or German (for research towards the final course paper).

Schedule: Monday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Jesse Billett
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 212

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