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LST 505:  Penance, Anointing and Christian Burial  (2CH) 

Course Syllabus

 

Instructor TBA

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A selective theological and historical investigation of the following celebrations of the Church’s liturgical life: the Sacrament of Penance; the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick; and the Rites of Christian Burial.

 

Required Texts

  1. The Rites of the Catholic Church, vol. 1. Collegeville MN: Pueblo, 1990.

  2. Keller, Paul Jerome. 101 Questions and Answers on the Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Anointing of the Sick. New York: Paulist, 2010.

  3. Kasza, John C. Understanding Sacramental Healing: Anointing and Viaticum. Chicago: Hillenbrand, 2007.

 

Course Schedule

Introductory Session and Review of Syllabus

PART I:  THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION

Session 1

TOPIC: The Sacrament of Penance: At the Center of Our Pastoral Concerns

READINGS:

Session 2

TOPIC: Christ’s Ministry, the Church’s Ministry, the Priest’s Ministry

READINGS:

  • Pope John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation On Reconciliation and Penance in the Mission of the Church TodayReconciliatio et paenitentiae (2 December 1984), §§23-31 only

  • Keller, Questions 26-30

Session 3

TOPIC: Preliminary Consideration I: Sin

READINGS:

  • Pope John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation On Reconciliation and Penance in the Mission of the Church TodayReconciliatio et paenitentiae (2 December 1984), §§14-22 only

  • Keller, Questions 12-20

Session 4

TOPIC: Preliminary Consideration II: Penance

READINGS:

  • Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution On Fast and Abstinence (or On Christian Penance) Paenitemini (17 February 1966)

Session 5

TOPIC: Doctrine and Theology of the Sacrament of Penance

READINGS:

 

Session 6

TOPIC: Catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance

READINGS:

  • Keller, Questions 1-11. 46,48

     

Session 7

TOPIC: Historical Issues Regarding Penance and Reconciliation

READINGS:

  • The Penitential of Theodore, selections [BB]

  • De sacramento poenitentiae (the rite of the extraordinary form) [BB]

  • Keller, Questions 21-25

Session 8

TOPIC: Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance: Rites I and II

READINGS:

  • Pope John Paul II, Reconciliatio et paenitentiae, §§32-33

  • Rite of Penance, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 523-559, pp. 591-624

  • Keller, Questions 31-45

Session 9
TOPIC: Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance: The Third Rite
READINGS:


Rite for Reconciliation of Several Penitents with General Confession and Absolution, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 560-563

 

Session 10
TOPIC: Canonical and Pastoral Matters Pertaining to the Sacrament of Penance

READINGS:
Code of Canon Law of Student's Jurisdiction
Keller, Questions 49-73

 

Session 11
TOPIC: First Penance and Celebration of the Sacrament with Children

 

 

PART II: PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK AND DYING

 

 

Session 12

TOPIC: The Gospel of Suffering

READINGS:

  • Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter on the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering Salvifici doloris (11 February 1984) 

 

Session 13

TOPIC: Historical Observations Regarding the Church’s Ministry to the Sick and Dying

READINGS:

  • Kasza, pp. 40-54

  • Keller, Questions 74-77

  • St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae III sup., qq. 29 and 30, all articles

Session 14

TOPIC: Doctrine and Theology of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

READINGS:

 

Session 15

TOPIC: Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying after the Council of Trent

READINGS:

  • Ordo ministrandi sacramentum extremae unctionis (scroll down for the English translation)

  • Ministration to the Sick and Dying (includes Visitation and Care of the Sick; Rite of Apostolic Blessing; Commending a Departing Soul Unto God)

  • Kasza, pp. 55-74

Session 16

TOPIC: Communion and Anointing of the Sick

READINGS:

  • Part I: Pastoral Care of the Sick, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 778-843 (includes Visits to the Sick; Visits to a Sick Child; Communion of the Sick; and Anointing of the Sick)

  • Kasza, pp. 188-213

Session 17

TOPIC: Viaticum and Anointing of the Dying

READINGS:

  • Part II: Pastoral Care of the Dying, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 844-895

  • Keller, Questions 92-101

 

PART III: PASTORAL CARE OF THE DEAD

 

 

 

Session 18

TOPIC: Pastoral Care of the Dead, Vigils

READINGS:

  • Pastoral Care of the Dead, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 872-874

  • Order of Christian Funerals (and all that takes place before the Mass), in Rites, vol. 1, pp. 911-966

Session 19

TOPIC: The Funeral Mass

READINGS:

  • The Rite of Burial

  • Funeral Liturgy and Rite of Committal, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 967-1004

Session 20

TOPIC: Funeral Rites for Children

READINGS:

  • Funeral Rites for Children, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 1005-1047

Session 21

TOPIC: The Office of the Dead

READINGS:

  • Office for the Dead, in The Rites, vol. 1, pp. 1064-1071

  • Liturgy of the Hours, Office of the Dead, ordinary form

 

Final Project TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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