Liturgy Institute London

For a detailed and peaceful study of Liturgy

Pastoral Liturgy

Photo of James LeachmanIL: L715; PIL:95033
KULeuven: B-KUL-A07L4A, 4 study points

Taught by: James Leachman
with Geert Leenknegt


At the end of the course each participant will be prepared to:

  1. Describe the considerations involved in celebrating a rite in the student’s pastoral context,
  2. In light of official ecclesial instructions, including lex orandi statuat legem credendi,
  3. And in light of the contributions of theologians such as Joseph Jungmann, Mark Searle,
  4. And in light of the pastoral experience of rites developed for other cultural contexts.
  5. Rites include the celebration of the Christian Initiation, the Eucharist, Marriage, Liturgy of the Hours, Christian Funerals.


Photo of Geert LeenknegtStudents enrolling for credit at KU Leuven:

This course is taught at Ealing Abbey, London from 16-27 July 2018 for academic year 2018-2019. This course begins as its course description is first posted on the KU Leuven web-site. It is completed before enrolment at KU Leuven at the end of August. To enquire please write to: il AT liturgyinstitute DOT com. After successfully completing this course at Ealing, you may thereafter enrol for this course at KU Leuven to receive KU Leuven study points / ECTS credits.


Dates: 16-27 July 2018 (Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July are free days)

Hours: to be determined: 9.30-12.30 (including a break)

The course anticipates the student will spend 60 hours in personal reading and study.


Location: Liturgy Institute London (at Ealing Abbey)
74 Castlebar Road Ealing London, W5 2DD, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8862 2156
For further details or to register contact the Institute at:
E-mail: il AT liturgyinstitute DOT com


KU Leuven awards 4 study points upon the successful completion of  this graduate course.
The Institutum Liturgicum accepts this as an optional course for its IL certificate.


Previous knowledge

Beyond a general familiarity with the Bible and the history of western civilization in the Christian period, a general familiarity with the the history and context of the liturgy in the West would be helpful. Experience of a pastoral situation would provide a basis for reflection. Suggested, but not required courses are the introduction to method in liturgical research L701 Liturgy Research Seminar and the historical survey L702 Liturgy in the West, History and Context.



This course examines:

  1. Ecclesial Instructions of rites, lex orandi statuat legem credendi and their pastoral application,
  2. The contribution of theologians such as Joseph Jungmann, Mark Searle,
  3. The pastoral experience from identified ecclesial contexts,
  4. The student’s integration and application of these to an agreed pastoral situation.
  5. Rites include: the celebration of the Christian Initiation, the Eucharist, Marriage, Liturgy of the Hours, Christian Funerals, with particular focus each year.


Course Material

♦ General Instructions of the following rites studied in English translations: Christian Initiation, the Eucharist, Marriage, Liturgy of the Hours, Christian Funerals

♦ SARTORE, D., “Pastoral Liturgy”, in Fundamental Liturgy, ed. A.J. Chupungco (Handbook for Liturgical Studies 2), The Liturgical Press (A Pueblo Book), Collegeville MN 1997, 65-95.

♦ SEARLE, M., “New Tasks, New Methods: The Emergence of Pastoral Liturgical Studies,” Worship 57 (1983) 291-238.

♦ EAREY, Mark, Worship That Cares: An Introduction to Pastoral Liturgy, SCM Press, London, 2012.

♦ JUNGMANN, J., Pastoral Liturgy, tr R. Walls, Challoner, London 1962, 1996, reprinted Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame IN 2014.

♦ SMITH, S.M., Caring Liturgies: The Pastoral Power of Christian Ritual, Fortress, Minneapolis IN 2012.

GELINEAU, Joseph, In Your Assemblies. Manual of Pastoral Liturgy, Portland, OR Pastoral Press, 2000.


Course activities

♦ Reading and in class discussion of ecclesial and theological works on pastoral liturgy;

♦ Teacher’s presentation and in class discussion on specific pastoral applications;

♦ Students’ reading and participation in discussions;

♦ Students’ reflection, integration and application to a named pastoral context;

♦ Students’ preparation of notes to use in the final, oral exam;

♦ Presentation of the students’ own application of materials considered to an agreed circumstance in the student’s own pastoral context – during the final, oral exam.


Evaluation description

Examination type: ongoing participation in class discussion (20%) and final oral (80%) with written preparation.

When: the oral exam is conducted at the end of the final session; written preparation comprises notes (a copy) handed in at the beginning of the oral exam and kept on file for one year.

Explanation: Students apply the principles established in ecclesial instructions and the contribution of one theologian and the pastoral experience of another cultural context to an agreed circumstance in the student’s own cultural context. The student is to prepare and bring notes and materials to this discussion. The mark for the oral exam is based on the student’s oral presentation to the instructor and responses to the instructor’s questions. The function of the prepared notes is to help the student provide a satisfactory answer and to support the student in his or her oral presentation and discussion. Copies of the ecclesial instructions and books discussed during the course will be available to the student during the exam.

Criteria for evaluation: The student is to demonstrate an ingegration of ecclesial instructions, the contribution of one theologian and the pastoral experience of a different cultural context, all considered during the course, by applying these with due reflection to the student’s own pastoral context. After an initial presentation by the student, the instructor asks questions to determine the student’s integration of the materials presented and their appropriate application. Discussion seeks to help the student provide a more clear and comprehensive response.

Second opportunity to sit the exam: Because this is an intensive summer course, the opportunity for a second exam is by appointment and depends upon the availability of the instructor.


Note: Students must be over 18 years of age.

This course has been designed to be taken alone or in conjunction with L704 Liturgical Hermeneutics as the foundational courses of the programme of studies in liturgy. Otherwise, this course may be taken with L712 The Eucharist in History.

If students enrol in two concurrent courses, they may wish to prepare for the intensive schedule by reading suggested texts before the course begins.

The instructor will arrange with the students to be available regularly for some time at the Institute and is also available by appointment.


Dates: Block II

16-20 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July are free days)
23-27 July  (Monday to Friday)

Students and the public are invited to attend the annual St Bede Lecture, to be held at Ealing Abbey on Saturday afternoon 7 July at 2.30 PM.



Non residential day students are welcome.

Limited accommodation is available through Ealing Abbey house for guests or other religious houses or nearby.

Residential students may arrange to arrive on Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 July or before the lecture begins at 10.00 on Monday 16 July 2018.

Residential students may arrange to depart depart after the lecture ends at 13.00 on Friday 27 or on Saturday 28 July 2018.


Additional information from KU Leuven course web-site (pending)

 Academic year: 2018−2019
 Study points: 4
 Language: English
 Difficulty: Master’s level-Intermediate
 Duration: 26.0 hours
 Periodicity: Taught biennially in Block II
 POC: POC Theology and Religious Studies


This course is included in

Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (Leuven) 120 ects.

A link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven is here.

The course is based one that has been offered in Italian by other professors, including Anscar Chupungco and Mark Francis at Sant’Anselmo, Rome.

Page updated on 25 February 2018 by JL.