The Liturgy and the Sacraments
of the Catholic Church

crosslisted as DL8610C Foundational Unit

Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB
Semester 2, 2020
Thursday 10.00am – 1.00pm

The ecclesial community gathers to give praise and thanks to God through liturgical and sacramental celebrations. The unit will cover the role and meaning of liturgical celebrations. Students will then be introduced to the study of sacraments and sacramentality through an exploration of the notions of “sacrament,” ”ritual,” “symbol,” “presence,” and “encounter.” The unit introduces the notions of Christ as primordial sacrament and the Church as sacrament of Christ in the world. It explores each of the seven sacraments and several sacramentals from anthropological, biblical, liturgical, historical and contemporary perspectives. 

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester, or in intensive mode


  • one 2,500-word essay 40%
  • one 4,500-word essay 60% 


  • Baldovin, John F., and David F. Turnbloom, David. Catholic Sacraments: A Rich Source of Blessings. New York: Paulist, 2015.
  • Capra, Elio. Called, Gifted, Sent: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Triduum. Melbourne: James Goold House, 2010.
  • Chauvet, Louis-Marie. The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001.
  • Cooke, Bernard, and Gary Macy. Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Ferrone, Rita: Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium. Rediscovering Vatican II. New York: Paulist, 2007.
  • Irwin, Kevin W. The Sacraments: Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology. New York: Paulist, 2016.
  • Martos, Joseph. The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study. New ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • Mick, Lawrence E. Understanding the Sacraments Today. Rev. ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006.
  • O’Leary, Daniel. Begin with the Heart: Recovering a Sacramental Vision. Dublin: Columba, 2008. 
  • Selman, Francis. The Sacraments and the Mystery of Christ. New ed. Herefordshire: Gracewing, 2015.

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