Throughout the course students will be challenged to pin-point and examine special, local liturgical traditions and practices of local Orthodox Churches. These particularities must have a pan-Orthodox character. Students will also study contemporary problems and new alternative liturgical forms as well as the diverse ancient liturgical rites.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The general aim of the course is to offer an in depth investigation of liturgical issues that are of interest on a pan-Orthodox level, in historical and theological perspective.
1. Liturgical rites of Egypt and of the East.
2. Baptism (variations – deviations).
3. The consecration of Chrism and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
4. Issues in the Eucharist.
5. The diptychs.
6. The calendar of feasts.
7. The ancient Slavonic typikon of Cyril and Methodius.
8. The liturgical reforms in the Church of Russia under Patriarch Nikon.
9. Liturgical information from travelers during the post-Byzantine period
(Constantinople, Jerusalem, Mt Athos, Thessaloniki).
10. The Western Rite in the Orthodox Church.
11. The typikon of New Skete Monastery (Cambride, NY, U.S.A.).
12. Research paper presentations.
13. Research paper presentations.
Liturgics, Particularities in the Worship of the Orthodox Churches, Inter-Orthodox Issues in Worship