Course Information
TitleΜεθοδολογία και κατευθύνσεις στη σύγχρονη λειτουργιολογική έρευνα. / Methodology and Trends in Contemporary Liturgical Studies.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorChrysostomos (ioannis) Nassis
Course ID600015774

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 6
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Vivlikṓn, Paterikṓn, Agiologikṓn kai THrīskeiologikṓn SpoudṓnElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210
Istorías, Dógmatos, Filosofías kai ArchaiologíasElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210
Efarmosménīs THeologíasCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)3210

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Lectures and class presentations of the specialized themes of the course have the following general presuppositions: (a) good academic performance or knowledge of the material covered in all core Liturgics undergraduate courses offered at the School of Pastoral and Social Theology AUTH and (b) adequate knowledge and ability in writing research papers.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the semester the graduate student: 1. Will know the pre-history of the development of Liturgiology as a field of research and study, with special reference to the so-called Byzantine Rite as well as the oeuvre of early scholars in this particular area of concentration. 2. Will be able to assess and use the classical works of the most significant Greek and foreign Liturgiologists. 3. Will understand the basic, contemporary methodological principles of the study of Liturgy («comparative liturgiology») and how it affects the development and evaluation of particular liturgical studies. 4. Will be able to apply the method of comparative liturgiology on historical questions regarding the history and development of Christian worship. 5. Will have the ability to recognize the elements of the contemporary liturgical movement and the themes pertaining to the liturgical controversies between East and West. 6. Will be in a position to compose a book-report on an introductory volume in the field of the history and practice of Worship in the Orthodox Church, and prepare a written and oral presentation on a special topic in Liturgiology.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Scope of the course is for the graduate student: (a) to learn about the historical development of research in Liturgiolgy, with an emphasis on the Byzantine Rite, from the forerunners in the field up to the present, (b) to discover the breadth of issues that the field of Liturgiology is called to study and examine, (c) to know the various branches of the field and the applicable methodologies in relevant research, and (d) to have a greater familiarity with the application of these methodological principles on historical questions as well as the contemporary liturgical practice of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church. SYLLABUS Six (6) two week units 2 εβδομάδες). One unit for oral presentations. Total: 13 weeks. 1. Academic writing (emphasis on the field of Liturgiology) a. Electronic (Online) Sources – Databases b. Bibliographical research 2. Introduction to Liturgiology a. The branches of Liturgiology b. Centers for the research of Orthodox Liturgy 3. Forerunners in the study of the Byzantine Rite a. From Ferrara-Florence to the the Council of Trent b. After the Council of Trent 4. Liturgical Scholars of the 19th-20th cent. a. The Liturgical Movement b. Anton Baumstark and the «Comparative method of liturgical study» c. Orthodox Liturgical Scholars. Greek and Russian d. Heterodox Scholars 5. Inter-Orthodox themes in Liturgy a. Worship in the Russian tradition b. Divine Worship in the thematology of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church i. The calendar question ii. The correction of Liturgical Books iii. The system of Scriptural lections in Worship 6. Contemporary issues a. Liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council b. Liturgical Renewal and Reform in the Orthodox Church c. Worship, Mass-communication, media and contemporary technology d. Holy Worship: Inculturalization 7. Student presentations
Liturgics, Comparative methodology, Inter-Orthodox Liturgical Issues, Contemporary Liturgical Themes, the Liturgical Movement, Vatican II
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment90
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50
Written assigments80
Student Assessment
The evaluation of graduate students enrolled in the course and the final grade is based of the following criteria: (a) bibliographical exercise and article presentation (15%), (b) book-report (20%), (c) term paper (50%), (d) active class participation (10%), and (e) oral presentation of term paper (5%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Επιλογή α΄: Ἰωάννου Φουντούλη, Λειτουργική Α΄, Εἰσαγωγή στή Θεία Λατρεία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2000. • Επιλογή β΄: Δημητρίου Βακάρου (πρωτοπρ.), Τό Βυζαντινό τυπικό. Δύο κείμενα ἱστορικῆς προσέγγισης ἀπό τούς Robert Taft καί Miguel Arranz, μετάφραση - σχόλια, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003. • Επιλογή γ΄: π. Ἀλεξάνδρου Σμέμαν, Ἡ Ἐκκλησία προσευχομένη. Εἰσαγωγή στή Λειτουργική Θεολογία (ἀπόδοση ἀπό τά ἀγγλικά, π. Δημήτριος Β. Τζέρπος), Ἀθήνα 2003.
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