The sacred liturgy is “the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 2). This course is an introduction to the academic study of the liturgy, wherein the faith of the Church is not merely explained, but realized and lived. Students will learn to expound the mystery at the heart of Christian worship by attending to its deep structures and to its historical forms, particularly as present in the Roman Rite. We will use this method to examine the relationship between praying and believing, the role of sacred action in Christian life, and the true nature of liturgical participation. By engaging their minds as well as their hearts, students will become more thoroughly “imbued with the spirit and power of the liturgy” and better able to lead the faithful to “that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy" (SC 14).