THCT202 - Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament
Prerequisites THBS100 Introduction to the Bible and THCT100 What Christians Believe
Incompatibles THEO228 Christian Life: Worship and Ethics
Teaching Organisation The unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, online learning, video-conferencing, or supervision. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation of tasks for assessment.
In the celebration of sacramental rituals, the faith of the Church is expressed, nourished and strengthened. This unit introduces the Church's theology and celebration of sacraments, analysing how symbols and rituals function to express the Christian faith and nourish the Christian life. It focuses on current sacramental praxis as expressed in the Catholic Church's official rites, drawing out the biblical, theological and ecclesial meanings contained therein. It highlights the notions of Christ as sacrament and Church as sacrament, explores the role of the assembly in sacramental rituals, and sketches the historical development of sacramental theology. In this unit, particular attention is paid to the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.