Re: [liturgy-l] Individual cups
> I doubt that Jesus used a pita bread. More likely, he used a barley loaf.Does your book have a recipe for what you think Jesus used? (I have a copy
> Or so some of my research would indicate.
> John Dornheim
at home somewhere and will look it up this evening.)
- What you are saying is, perform (pray) the script as though you feel (believe) it. In acting this is called "Method," and its leading practioner just died. It wouldn't hurt if liturgists paid a little more attention to performance theories. We have avoided it because we have bought into the pietistic anti-ritual bias that "play acting" is hypocritical. But when one has a public role to perform, one's personal feelings at the moment must be suppressed in order to articulate the feelings of the group. A politician can't go before a campaign audience and give his speech in a way that suggests that he's bored with it because he's given it three times already that day. He has to play to the crowd to pump them up for the party's cause. In a similar way, the presider has to offer the Great Thanksgiving playing to God as the assembly's spokesperson and bringing the assembly along. His personal feelings or level of belief at that moment must give way to the feelings required by the
text and and public belief. This is not being insincere. It is accepting the requirements of holding public office, i.e., exercising the ministry of word and sacraments.- Frank C. Senn
James O'Regan <oregan@...> wrote:
Frank wrote and I snipped:
> I was about to suggest that the "positive" word you were looking forExtempore and regulated may not be the only two poles to consider. The
> is "extempore" prayer which, in the classical puritan tradition, was
> the only kind of public prayer allowed. However, the nature of a
> "canon" is that it regulates.
fetching claim by the writer of the Apostolic Tradition (Hippolytus - sic)
offers a slightly wider field of options: 1. a bishop can just pray from the
heart, if he's any good at it, 2. a bishop could pray the words that Hipp.
sets down, 3. but, if he does, he should do so as if it were from the heart
and not just memorized.
Which is to say that extempore can mean, as many have suggested, the
likelihood of silly diatribes but it can also mean original, yet traditional,
well spoken and heartfelt prayer, backed up by a life of consideration and
All the regulation of a canon in the world doesn't equate, necessarily, with
good prayer in liturgy, which is what Hipp was warning against. Be that it
was written at a time when most spoke extempore and without script but
when script was beginning to be offered (as in the case of the Apostolic
Tradition itself), Hipp.'s warning nevertheless speaks to today's highly
What ministers must bring to a canonical text, per Hipp., is the "feel of
extempore," which is to say the authenticity that a hearer receives when
spoken to directly by someone who knows whereof he speaks.
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