Four weeks ago, prompted by our COVID 19 experience, we began to reflect on our understanding of what we think we are doing when we celebrate ‘The Liturgy of the Eucharist’ at Mass. Are we celebrants or consumers? The answer matters. Today we turn our attention to what the church refers to as ‘the centre and high point of the entire celebration, namely Eucharistic Prayer.’ (GIRM a. 78)
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.
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?
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.