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TITLE The Sacraments: Theological and Pastoral Aspects

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION The unit delves into the symbolic character of the liturgical celebration, with reference to the biblical, anthropological and liturgical meaning of certain symbols and their application to certain categories of the faithful. The seven basic sacramental rites are studied insofar as they are pastoral expressions of the sacramental action of Christ in, and through, the Church. They serve to enrich the pastoral action of the community of Christ’s faithful.

Reading List

CHAUVET L.M., Symbol and Sacrament: A Sacramental Reinterpretation of Christian Existence, Collegeville/MN 1995
LEIJSSEN, L., With the Silent Glimmer of God’s Spirit. A Postmodern Look at the Sacraments, Mahwah/NJ 2006
MARTOS, J., Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Christian Church, London 1981
SCHILLEBEECKX E., Christ the Sacrament of the Encounter with God, New York 1960

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study Unit - Knowledge of philosophy or related studies


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

Joe Galea Curmi
Hector Scerri

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