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An Introduction to the Sacred Liturgy

A beginner’s guide to understanding the Catholic Mass.

This course introduces the theological and pastoral dimensions of the sacred liturgy. Specifically, it uncovers the spiritual reality of every liturgical celebration, considers the ritual medium employed by liturgical celebrations, and examines the various sacramental signs and symbols that contribute to a liturgical rite, such as objects, actions, words, time, ministers, music, and architecture.

Class 1: Introduction and Definitions

Class 2: Rites

Class 3: Signs and Symbols; Language

Class 4: Time; Ministers and Assembly

Class 5: Music; Art and Architecture


Your Instructor


Mr. Chris Carstens
Mr. Chris Carstens

Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, a visiting faculty member at the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, and editor of the Adoremus Bulletin. He is author of A Devotional Journey into the Mass (Sophia) and, along with Father Douglas Martis, is the co-author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass (Liturgy Training Publications). He lives in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, with his wife and eight children.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I receive a certificate of completion for this course?
In order to receive a certificate of completion for this course, you must take a quiz after each lecture and average a score of 70% or higher on all five quizes.
Do you offer bulk discounts if I have a large group of people that want to take the class?
Yes, we do have bulk discounts available. Please give us a call to inquire: 847.837.4542
How long is this course?
This course is comprised of 5 one-hour classes. You can pause it at any time and resume where you left off.

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