Sacred Liturgy 101

The Sacred Liturgy is the Church’s official public and communal worship. While the celebration of the Eucharist is the Church’s principal act of worship, the Liturgy also includes the celebration of the six additional sacraments, the official daily prayer of the Church (the Liturgy of the Hours), and liturgies for special celebrations. As the Church’s official worship, each of these liturgies has at its heart the celebration of the “Mystery of our Faith” – that is, the sacred passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This mystery, known as the Paschal Mystery, is the continuing work of our redemption by Christ and through his Church.


We, as Catholics, must understand every liturgical celebration first and foremost as the work of God – through, with, and in Jesus Christ; it is his saving work for us and in us, and only then can we understand it as “our work” of responding with praise, thanksgiving, supplication and fidelity. This understanding is, with the Spirit’s help, the way to a deeper experience of a most profound mystery of our faith.


History of Liturgy class 1

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Class 2 Handouts*

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*Unfortunately the second class was not recorded. We were not able to get the video recorder.

Class Schedule



September 5th, 6th - Jewish Roots of the Mass

September 12th, 13th - The 1st Day & The 8th Day

September 19th, 20th - The True Reality of the Mass: Sacrifice and Meal

September 26th, 27th - Feast or Feria: The Sanctoral Cycle 

October 3rd, 4th - Liturgical Seasons & The Temporal Cycle

October 10th, 11th - History of the Liturgy Part I

October 17th, 18th - History of the Liturgy Part II

October 24th, 25th - Two Expressions of the Roman Rite: Extraordinary & Ordinary

October 31st, November 1st - No Class

November 7th, 8th - Sacred Beauty: Art and architecture 

November 14th, 15th - Sacred Silence 

November 21st, 22nd - No Class

November 28th, 29th - Ad Orientem: Facing Liturgical East

December 5th, 6th - Extraordinary Form of the Mass

December 12th, 13th - Sui Juris Rites



January 2nd, 3rd - Gregorian Chant

January 9th, 10th - Chanting the Mass

January 16th, 17th - Latin In The Liturgy

January 23rd, 24th - Sacraments of Initiation

January 30th, 31st - Sacraments of Healing

February 6th, 7th - Sacraments of Service

February 13th, 14th - No Class

February 20th, 21st - Eucharistic Adoration

February 27th, 28th - Liturgy of the Hours

March 6th, 7th - What's in the Sanctury?

March 13th, 14th - Liturgical Do's & Dont's

March 20th, 21st - Easter Triduum Explained

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