The Institute of Liturgy provides a systematic and scientific presentation and examination of the Church’s Liturgy under various dimensions: theological, spiritual, pastoral and judicial.
L’Istituto di Liturgia cura l’organizzazione dei corsi di Licenza e di Dottorato della specializzazione in Teologia Liturgica della Facoltà di Teologia, così come l'insegnamento della Liturgia nel Primo Ciclo istituzionale. Promuove ugualmente attività di ricerca e di formazione in ambito liturgico.
In 2005, the School of Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross began a new specialization in Liturgical Theology. In 2009, the Institute of Liturgy was created within the same School of Theology, responsible for this specialization and other activities of liturgical formation at the University.
The introduction of specialization in Liturgical Theology was the fruit of an awareness to the fundamental rule of Liturgy in Christian identity (cf. SC 10/1), as well as the fact that liturgical studies must adopt, for its adequate development in the field of research and education, fundamental guiding principles affirmed in the Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium (cf. SC 16).
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. The Institute concentrates its attention on student awareness of the importance of their ecclesial missions.
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 and of the history of salvation 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, to attain a liturgical theology which reflexively processes the intelligence of the Mystery as celebrated.