As liturgy expresses and forms the identity of the Christian, it is important to discuss the meaning behind the idea of “liturgical theology.” Dr. Fagerberg will examine how the origins of the liturgy have grown from the origins of the Church. He'll explain the connection between the Sacred Liturgy and Scripture, in particular God’s speaking to us through the Liturgy of the Word. Dr. Fagerberg will point out theological themes in the Liturgy of the Eucharist and will discuss the significance of entering into this mystery while identifying ways we can accomplish this.
Dr. Fagerberg holds a B.A. from Augsburg College (1972), M.Div. from Luther Northwestern Seminary (1977), M.A. from St. John’s University, Collegeville (1982), S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School (1983), and M.A., M.Phil., and PhD. from Yale University (1991). He taught in the Religion Department of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, from 1988-2001; the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary 2001-03; he has been at Notre Dame since 2003. His area of study is liturgical theology – its definition and methodology – and how the Church’s lex orandi (law of prayer) is the foundation for her lex credendi (law of belief).
He is the author of seven books, including of Consecrating the World: On Mundane Liturgical Theology, Theologia Prima: What Is Liturgical Theology?, Why do we need the Mass?: Asceticism, Sanctification, and the Glory of God, C.S. Lewis: An Introduction to the Wonderful World of Narnia, and Chesterton Is Everywhere.