Today we continue our reflection on what we think we are doing in the ‘Liturgy of the Eucharist’. We are driven by the question emerging in our COVID-19 experience: are we celebrants or consumers? So gather in your reflections from the first and second articles in this series and let us proceed, focusing today on the first of the four-part eucharistic action: the preparation of the gifts.
With COVID 19 came the cancellation of Parish Sacramental Programs and Confirmation and First Communion celebrations. At the same time, Bishop Bill invited us to take a fallow year to reflect on our current pastoral practice. The Diocesan Liturgy Council has prepared a resource document to support the community’s reflection.
In the previous Liturgy Matters, prompted by our experience of live streamed Mass, we began to explore the question: When we celebrate eucharist, do we understand ourselves to be celebrants or consumers?
The ‘liturgical cafeteria’ opened for business in a new and expanded form at the same time businesses, jobs, shops, theatres, parks, sport and a range of other activities closed.
Australian Catholic University's (ACU's) Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and the ACU Centre for Liturgy will welcome Rev. Professor Mark R. Francis csv a renown liturgical theologian whose special interest is the relationship between liturgy and culture.
Well its begun. The restrictions are being eased and all the talk is about ‘back to normal’, or ‘adjusting to the new normal’. Language is always interesting. Of course, for people of faith – particularly Christians – there is no ‘back to’. Let’s reflect on that a bit.