This course explores fundamental elements of Byzantine Christian worship in the various families of the Constantinopolitan tradition - both Orthodox and Eastern Catholic. After an historical overview extending to the present, we will survey the tradition's liturgical environment, music, main services and cycles, as well as the liturgical books, utensils and vestments. In addition to historical and theological perspectives, the survey will include anthropological, psychological, and pastoral dimensions. The course provides the building blocks and tools for further study of this Rite and equips students to identify key issues and challenges in the practice and understanding of Byzantine Christian worship today. They will also gain the knowledge needed to evaluate Byzantine Christian worship according to criteria derived from authoritative guidelines of the Byzantine Churches as well as the thought of leading theologians and liturgists.
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