THO 3347 Byzantine Liturgy of the Hours and Liturgical Year (2015 W)



 

Professor
Michael Winn

Description
An overview of the history, theology and practices related to the Byzantine Christian Liturgy of the Hours (especially Vespers and Matins) and the Liturgical Year (moveable and immoveable cycles)

Objectives

  1. To study the theology borne by the services of the Horologion (Book of Hours) and their constitutive parts (psalmody, hymnography, intercessory prayer) and to analyze the worldview generating—and resulting from—this form of worship, especially the underlying ideas of time, history and memory
  2. To trace the volatile history of the Byzantine office
  3. To familiarize students with feasts, seasons and important commemorations of the moveable (paschal) and immoveable cycles (monthly & weekly) of the Byzantine liturgical year
  4. To reflect on the issues arising from the attempt to celebrate the Byzantine Hours today, and to elucidate principles for responding to these concerns

Workload & Evaluation

Participation……………………………………………………………………………….. 5%

3 Reading Quizzes…………………………………………………………………….. 15%

1 Short Essay on Psalm or Nunc Dimittis or Magnificat (5 pages)………… 15%

Research Essay (10-12 pages)……………………………………………………… 30%

Final Oral Exam………………………………………………………………………… 35%

Required Texts
George Guiver, Company of Voices: Daily Prayer and the People of God (Wipf & Stock, 2008).
THO 3347 Collection of Supplemental Readings (SR) – will be available on-line through Blackboard

Supplemental Texts
Robert Taft, Liturgy of the Hours in East and West, 2nd ed. (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1993)
Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent, (New York: Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2001).
Julian Katrij, A Byzantine Liturgical Year (Toronto: Basilian Press, 1992).