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010046 SE Orthodoxy and Everyday Life Through the Prism of Byzantine Liturgical Books (2016W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work

The seminar will be offered in two languages (English and German).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Apart from the Vorbesprechung (17.10.2016) and the Blockseminar (26.–28.1.2017), students are encouraged to attend selected lectures in the course "Religionen und Alltag (2016W): Byzantinische Gebetsbücher als sozialhistorische Quelle" (Mo 03.10. 16:30-18:00 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postgasse 7/1/3, 1010 Vienna).

Monday 17.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Thursday 26.01. 16:45 - 21:00 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 27.01. 08:45 - 21:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 28.01. 08:45 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The purpose of the Seminar is to analyze the liturgical texts of sacraments and blessings in the Byzantine Rite in order to gain insights into liturgy "from the bottom up" in Byzantium and in today's world of the Orthodox faithful. The first meeting of the seminar (Vorbesprechung) will present an introduction to the historical and theological development of the Byzantine Rite, with a focus on its main places, Constantinople and Palestine, and its primary liturgical books, such as the Euchologion, the prayer book of the presider, comparable to the Missal and Sacramentary. The seminar participants will research the prayers of sacraments (i.e. Baptism, Marriage, etc.) or other liturgical rites (i.e. Monastic Tonsure, Burial, etc.) and blessings (i.e. rites of passage, house blessings, etc.) and examine them from a theological, philological, historical, and interdisciplinary perspective.
The seminar is offered in the context of research on the FWF Project "Daily Life and Religion: Byzantine Prayer Books as Sources for Social History".

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular and active participation (20%), short presentation and discussion of research (40%), seminar paper (40%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Transmission and acquisition of the methods of comparative liturgical studies.

Examination topics

Presentation of sources and bibliography; visit to lectures at the Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik; presentation; analysis of various texts.

Reading list

* Stefano PARENTI - Elena VELKOVSKA (eds.), L'Eucologio Barberini gr. 336 (Bibliotheca "Ephemerides Liturgicae" Subsidia 80), Rome 2000.
* Miguel ARRANZ, L'Eucologio Costantinopolitano agli inizi del secolo XI. Hagiasmatarion & Archieratikon, Rome 1996.
* Alexei A. DMITRIEVSKIJ, Opisanie liturgicheskikh rukopisei..., vol. 2, Euchologia, Kiev 1901.
* Miguel ARRANZ, Les sacrements de l'ancien Euchologe constantinopolitain (1): Etude preliminaire des sources, in: Orientalia Christiana Periodica 48 (1982), 284-335.
* Placide DE MEESTER, Rituale-Benedizionale Bizantino, Bd. 6, Le persone e le azioni liturgiche, Rome 1930.
* Robert F. TAFT, Through Their Own Eyes. Liturgy as the Byzantines Saw It, Berkeley/CA 2006.
* Robert F. TAFT, The Byzantine Rite. A Short History, Collegeville/MN 1992.
* Konrad ONASCH, Lexikon Liturgie und Kunst der Ostkirche unter Berücksichtigung der Alten Kirche, Berlin 1993.
* Alexander KAZHDAN et al. (eds.), The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, 3 vols., New York 1991.
* Elizabeth JEFFREYS et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies, New York 2008.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 193 055 BA UF RK 16, 196 055 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (15W) BAM 13, 066 796 MRP 9, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM, 033 195 (13W) , 066 793 MAM, 066 795 M5, Fächerkontingentseminar 2 oder (freies) Wahlfach f. 020

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