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MN3185 - Pastoral Offices

This course provides and introduction to the history, purpose and liturgical forms of the pastoral offices in use in the Episcopal Church, including baptism and the catechumenate, confirmation, marriage, reconciliation,  ministration to the sick and dying, and the burial rites. Readings are drawn from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, the 2003 Book of Occasional Services, and other supplemental texts that participants will find useful as their develop their skills in pastoral and liturgical practice.  We will pay close attention to issues of inculturation and social context as we assess the effectiveness of the Prayer Book offices and related rites in a post-modern culture.