An Introduction to the Sacraments

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Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this course introduces key concepts in sacramental theology. It then looks at each of the seven sacraments and studies their institution, their ritual celebration, their minister and recipients, and their effects. Sacramentals and Funerals are also treated briefly, as are aspects of popular piety and devotions.

This course will be published on March 16, 2019

Class 1: Introduction and Definitions  

Class 2: Baptism and Confirmation  

Class 3: Eucharist  

Class 4: Holy Orders and Marriage  

Class 5: Penance and Anointing; Sacramentals and Popular Piety; Funerals  


Taught by Mr. Christopher 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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Are you ready to study the Church’s liturgical life in an atmosphere that is rigorously academic and deeply prayerful?

At the Liturgical Institute students enjoy a mix of intense study and research; invigorating lectures and discussions; and active intelligent participation in the Church’s liturgical life with daily celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, all with an eye toward the renewal of the Church.

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