The sacraments are seven enduring pillars of the faith, triumphantly revealing Christ alive in the world today. And yet few truly understand these signs of God’s grace.
Now, you can transform your understanding of the sacraments with this powerful course. Insightfully taught by liturgical expert Dr. Daniel Van Slyke, The Seven Sacraments will deliver you to the heart of our faith. Its unique approach will enlighten, inform, and inspire you. With Dr. Van Slyke as your guide, you will approach the sacraments with their twofold purpose in mind: the glorification of God through worship and the sanctification of the worshiper.
You will begin by looking at the meaningful vocabulary we use when discussing the sacraments: rite, ordinary, and sacramentals. Next, you will explore two fundamental documents pertaining to sacramental theology: Pope Pius XII’s Mediator Dei and the Second Vatican Council’s document on the sacred liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium.
You will continue by exploring the topic of liturgical law, a central yet often overlooked and misunderstood topic. Next, you will arrive at the heart of the course: a discussion of each of the seven sacraments. By focusing on the elements of the Church’s teachings, you will gain a solid grounding for sacramental knowledge.
This brilliantly taught course will enhance your understanding of the liturgy and deepen your faith. As you enrich your experience of the sacraments, you will come to appreciate these beautiful gifts that Christ has given to the Church.
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Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke, J.D., Ph.D., holds an M.A. in theology from the University of Dallas, an S.T.L. in systematic theology from Mundelein Seminary, a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, and a J.D. from Texas A&M University School of Law. He has taught at the University of Dallas, the Liturgical Institute of the Mundelein Seminary, Ave Maria College, Caldwell College, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska, and the programs of formation for permanent diaconate candidates in St. Louis and in Tulsa. He also served as Dean of Online Learning at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
Dr. Van Slyke’s articles have appeared in such places as Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Ephemerides Liturgicae, The Josephinum Journal of Theology, New Blackfriars, The New Catholic Encyclopedia, The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, and the T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy. As an active member in several professional organizations, Dr. Van Slyke has delivered numerous papers at scholarly conferences and workshops and reviewed dozens of books. For eight years, he sat as an elected member on the board of direc...
- Words about Worship: Learning the Vocabulary
- A Pope and a Council on Sacramental Worship:
Pius XII and the Second Vatican Council
- The Labyrinth of Liturgical Law
- The Sacraments in General
- Basic Doctrine on Baptism
- Contexts of Baptism: Recipients and Rites
- The Sacrament of Confirmation
- Recipient and Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation
- Preliminary Matters to Discussing the Sacrament of Penance
- The Doctrine of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
- The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
- The Sacrament of Holy Orders
- The Sacrament of Matrimony
- The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick