The Institute of Liturgy is a center for higher studies dedicated to research and teaching within the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Its specific role originates from its distinctive aim: a proposed methodological approach to the mystery of the Liturgy based on a Theology of worship which reflects the meaning of Christian celebration in the life of man and its relevance in the context of a secularized society.
Created in 2009, the Institute of Liturgy aims to promote, coordinate and improve the teaching and research activities in sectors of higher education. The Institute seeks to form liturgical professors in Universities, Seminaries and similar centers (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium n. 15). The scope of the Institute extends also to the liturgical formation of all the faithful as well as the continuing education of ministers of the Church.
The course of studies for specialization in Liturgical Theology aims to achieve the following objectives:
1) provide students a solid base for a well-founded comprehension, in the intelligence of the faith, of the Mystery of Christ that the Church proclaims and celebrates in her liturgy;
2) give due priority to deepening theological liturgical celebration, which includes anthropological, historical, and cultural aspects;
3) that students acquire in-depth knowledge of current liturgical books (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium n. 48), to attain a liturgical theology which reflexively processes the intelligence of the Mystery as celebrated.