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The course is offered by the Faculty of Theology of Sant’Anselmo in collaboration with the Vicariate of Rome.

The reform desired by the Council marked a deepening of liturgical theology, combined with a greater awareness of the riches contained in the lex orandi and in the gestures provided by the liturgical books. Sometimes, however, the younger generations of ministers and priests experience some difficulty in implementing the ritual forms envisaged, risking falling into rubricism (rituality as an end in itself, reduced to exact execution, deprived of the ritual, theological and symbolic value of the liturgy) or in sloppiness (arbitrary inventions and improvisation; no care for signs, gestures, proclamation) or in abstruse creativity that invents instead of following the furrow of tradition, improvises instead of preparing.

The Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo has always offered courses to help lay people and priests to combine theological knowledge in the liturgical field with a concern for the art of presiding, animating and celebrating the liturgy, in the awareness that the reform is carried out through the study of sources and theology and through the care of the presider and of the liturgical animation, to ensure that all the ritual elements contribute to expressing the mystery that is celebrated.

In order to continue this Anselmian tradition and respond to the current needs of the Church, the University completes its training proposal by launching a course that helps translate the theological and execution instructions of the rites that are contained in the liturgical books into celebratory practice. In fact, if on the one hand the mere knowledge of the theological dimension does not guarantee a celebratory presidency capable of expressing the mystery being celebrated, on the other hand the mere execution of the rubrics does not ensure loyalty to the Orders in the harmonious respect of what constitutes the rite.

The course rereads the praenotanda of the individual liturgical books to retrace their theology; offers suggestions for the preparation for the sacraments, pre-sacramental catechesis to accompany the liturgical experience, open the way to mystagogy, confirm in Christian life; examines the celebratory and ritual indications; proposes concrete solutions based on the forms contained in the Ordo; offers deacons and priests the instructions for the presidency of the celebration through workshops.


Thursday 1 October 2020

08:30 am
First lesson

  • Introduction (08: 30-09: 15)
    (live online on the web platform: the address will be communicated via email to the participants a few days before)
  • The pastoral dimension of the liturgy
  • The theological, juridical, liturgical and pastoral nature of the praenotanda

Christian initiation

  • Rite of the baptism of children

Second lesson

  • Adult baptism rite
  • Rite of confirmation

Sacraments of life choice

  • Wedding rite

Friday 2 October 2020

08:30 am
Third lesson
The Eucharistic celebration I

  • Roman Missal, first part: introductory rites, offertory rites, communion rites

Fourth lesson
The Eucharistic celebration II

  • Roman Missal, second part: liturgy of the word
  • Roman Missal, third part: Eucharistic liturgy

Saturday 3 October 2020

08:30 am
Fifth lesson
Medicinal sacraments

  • Rite of penance
  • Rite of anointing the sick and pastoral care of the sick

Sixth lesson

  • Funeral rite
  • Blessings
  • The sacramentals and the Directory on popular piety and liturgy
  • End of the course: Tuesday 6 October (16: 30-17: 15) (live online on the web platform: the address will be communicated via email to the participants a few days before)


The course will be downloadable from the liturgical office website on a password protected platform; the first and last lessons will be held live online with the teacher, prof. Giuseppe Midili O Carm.

Enrollments are made by 30 September 2020 at the Office of the Registrar of the Pontifical University of Anselmo, open from 1 September 2020 with the following hours:

Monday 9.00-12.00;
Tuesday 9.00-12.00 and 15.15-17.15;
Wednesday 10.00-12.00;
Thursday 9.00-12.00 and 15.15-17.15;
Friday 9.00-12.00.

To register as a guest (course code 74140), visit the website: www.anselmianum.com.

The course has a cost of:

€ 110.00 for students enrolled at our university;
€ 140.00 for students enrolled in other universities;
€ 150.00 in all other cases.

The payment can be made through the MAV bulletin that will be received by email after completing the registration. The cash desk will remain closed throughout the month of August.

The course is recognized as an optional course of the Faculty of Theology (3 ECTS) and requires the writing of a written paper. The modalities will be illustrated during the course.