Liturgy Institute London

For a detailed and peaceful study of Liturgy

Seminar on Eucharistic Prayers

IL: L719; PIL:
KU Leuven: B-KUL-A07I4A

Taught by: Prof. Dr Basilius Groen


This seminar considers the history and development of eucharistic texts. Students will examine a selection of eucharistic texts and trace their origin and development through history, examine how they have been proclaimed and interpreted up to the present. Students are helped to learn from each other by seminar presentations and to edit their own work in the light of others presentations. In this way students refine their research skills and may prepare an article for publication or develop a Masters thesis.

Students enrolling for ECTS credit at KU Leuven:

This course is taught at Ealing Abbey, London from 1 to 12 August 2022 for academic year 2022 – 2023. It is completed before enrolment at KU Leuven at the end of August. To enquire please write to this linked E-mail address. 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: 1 – 12 August 2022
(Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 are free days)

Hours: 10.00 – 13.00 (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:
E-mail Clare Cogswell, the Registrar, at this linked E-mail address.
Location on Google Maps is found here.

Previous knowledge

A familiarity with the history of western culture is needed in order to understand the context of the documents studied. A familiarity with the history of the christian liturgy and of christian theology is recommended. An understanding of several eucharistic texts in their original language or an approved liturgical translation is essential. Preparedness for this course is enhanced by Courses: L701 Research proseminar; L702 History of the Liturgy; L704 Hermeneutics 1; L705 Theology of Liturgy; L712 The Eucharist in history.


During this seminar the students will do the following:

i. in class reading of the eucharistic texts in the original language
ii. privately preparing an hermeneutical and historical study and comparative analysis of several eucharistic texts
iii. in class presenting of written work to the seminar group, explaining the study undertaken and discoveries made.
iv. in class learning from others, thus progressing to self-motivated research. Private reflections reviewed in class.
v. integrating of method and learning from other members of the seminar group into a final presentation of a seminar paper.

Course Material

♦ Prex Eucharistica, vol. 1, ed. A. Hänggi – I. Pahl, Éditions Universitaires, Fribourg 1968.
♦ MAZZA, E., The Celebration of the Eucharist. The Origin of the Rite and Development of its Interpretation, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN 1999.
♦ A selection of Eucharistic texts in the original and/or in an approved liturgical translation.


Description of learning activities

♦ Study one or two liturgical texts at a Mater’s level;
♦ Proceed gradually in the hermeneutical or historical study and analysis of one or two liturgical texts;
♦ Present written work to the seminar group, explaining the study they have undertaken and what they have discovered;
♦ Work with an dlearn from others, thus progressing to self-motivated research;
♦ Integrate method and learning from others into one’s own final presentation of a seminar paper.

Evaluation description:

Examination type: written paper (50%), class participation (50%)

When: evaluation outside normal examination period. Two printed copies of the paper are to be delivered to the Registrar by 12 September 2022.

Explanation: Participants present their findings in class and have the chance to revise their material, based on class discussion and feedback from the instructor, before submitting a graduate research paper of 3,500-4,000 words, equivalent to 15-20 pages of text, following the KU Leuven norms.

Criteria for evaluation: Both the regular in class presentations by the students of their ongoing research and the final paper are assessed based on the following:

i. logical organisation of the material and its clear presentation
ii. accuracy of information and analysis,
iii. consistency in style of notes and bibliography,
iv. sources preferably in their original languages,
v. theological accuracy.

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.

Future topics:

This research seminar is taught on a different topic each year.
2021: Liturgy and Cultures
2020: Liturgies of the Early Church
2019: Eucharistic Prayers
2018: Christian Initiation
2017: Eucharistic Prayers
2016: Liturgies of the Early Church
2015: Christian Marriage
2014: Christian Initiation
2013: Eucharist
Other topics are slated: liturgical history, liturgical theology.

Note: Students must be over 18 years of age.

This course fulfills IL Certificate in Liturgy programme requirement for a seminar.

This is a research seminar. Because of the demands of original research during an intensive summer programme, participants may prepare for the intensive schedule by reading suggested texts before the course begins and are recommended to allow considerable time in their schedule for research during the two weeks of the seminar and in the weeks following.

Dates: Block III

1 – 12 August (Monday to Friday; Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 are free days)
and 8 – 12 August (Monday to Friday)

Students may request to meet with the instructor in the Study Centre outside of class time by appointment.

Students and the public are invited to attend the annual St Bede Lecture, to be held at Ealing Abbey on Saturday afternoon 9 July at 2.30 PM.


Limited accommodation is available for students over 18 years of age through Ealing Abbey or other religious houses or nearby.

Residential students may arrange to arrive on Saturday 30, Sunday 31 July or before the seminar begins at 10:00 AM on Monday 1 August 2022.

Residential students may arrange to depart depart after the lecture ends at 13.00 on Friday 12 or on Saturday 13 August 2022.

Additional information from KU Leuven course web-site

 Academic year: 2022 − 2023

 Study points: 4

 Language: English

 Difficulty: Graduate-Advanced

 Duration: 26.0 hours

 Periodicity: Taught annually in Block III

 POC: POC Theology and Religious Studies


This course is included in

Master of Theology and Religious Studies Study Abroad Programme in European Culture and Society (PECS).

A link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven is not yet available, but the course is based on one previously offered (link here).

Page updated on 26 January 2022 by DM