Lit values 6-11
- I am proposing some values which can be used in making
liturgical decisions. Others are welcome to critique or add
6. Christian liturgy is the exercise of the priestly office
of the baptized.
7. The assembled believers are themselves the ones who are
8. The members of the assembly should be taught the
importance and fullness of their roles in liturgy.
9. Ministers, ordained or not, are called to serve and
support the praying of the assembly.
10. All of the members of the assembly should be supported
in actively participating in all the liturgical elements not
specifically requiring a ministry expertise.
11. Complications and variations which the assembly is not
prepared to perform should not be added to the liturgy.
St. Louis, Missouri
Bad liturgy is always the result
of bad planning and sloppy execution.
It doesn't matter what the rite is.
St. Philip's Church, Toronto
- waltk@... wrote:
>_on behalf of_
> 9. Ministers, ordained or not, are called to serve and
> support the praying of the assembly.
> The original meaning of the word _leitourgia_, work done
> the people (not work _of_ the people, as often stated)suggests that
> this isn't the only thing they are called to do in thecontext of
> liturgical prayer.This is closely related to and in support of points 6-8. If
liturgy is the exercise of the priestly office of the people
who are themselves the ones praying, then the ministers are
ministers to the assembly. Tom Poelker
> > 10. All of the members of the assembly should be supportedelements not
> > in actively participating in all the liturgical
> > specifically requiring a ministry expertise.lectionary
> I would remind you that the General instruction for the
> defines "active" as life changing (don't have it in frontof me, so I'm
> quoting from memory), not necessarily as the "sayingeverything" that it
> often carries.Of course not. Sometimes the lector is doing the saying,
sometimes the presider. Anything not specifically assigned
to a minister is for the people to carry out. Tom Poelker
> > 11. Complications and variations which the assembly is notchanges to the
> > prepared to perform should not be added to the liturgy.
> This one is very two-edged: does this mean that no
> liturgy should happen until the assembly is ready to doit? or that the
> assembly should be "educated" and then changes happenwhether or not it
> is ready to accept the change?It is a matter of both catechesis and skills training. If
the assembly is firmly opposed, I suspect the assembly will
be very slow to acquire the skills necessary to perform.
Catechesis is something more than delivering information.