Eucharist in the Local Church

Eucharist in the Local Church

Neil Darragh
in association with Jo Ayers
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: ATF (Australia) Ltd.
Pages: 275
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    Eucharist in the Local Church
    Book Description:

    This book deals with the principles for planning and performance that encourage active participation in Sunday Eucharists in the Catholic tradition It attempts to identify and propose solutions to the issues that liturgical ministers and planners face on a weekly basis in producing a Sunday liturgy that maximizes active participation.

    eISBN: 978-1-921817-87-8
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. vii-xv)

    This book is aboutactive participation in Sunday Eucharist. It is intended as an aid to liturgical planners, priests, and ministers in communities where active participation is highly valued. Our focus is on perspectives and principles that make a difference to how we do our liturgies and on the challenges that currently face liturgical planners.

    The book occupies a middle ground between the purely practical and the largely theoretical. We do not intend it as a manual for new ministers on the one hand or a study in liturgical theology on the other¹. It does not deal, for example, with...

  4. Chapter 1 Active Participation
    (pp. 1-9)

    The central theme of this book is active participation in Eucharist. In this chapter we note some of the different ways in which people talk about participation. We set out three key features that mark a high level of active participation in Eucharist, namely a Eucharist that is hospitable, inclusive, and outgoing.

    Very few people involved in liturgy today are actually against participation as such. There are different views though on what kind or what level of participation is desirable. These different views are not just interesting points for discussion but lead to remarkably different kinds of liturgy.

    One understanding...

  5. Chapter 2 The Current Context
    (pp. 11-21)

    The central theme of this book, as outlined in the previous chapter, is active participation in Eucharist that is hospitable, inclusive, and outgoing. That theme focuses the aims of liturgical planning and ministry. This second chapter is aboutthe context within whichwe set out to achieve such active participation. This context is not primarily something that we set out to change. It is more like the set of existing realities within which we will have to work—not necessarily unchangeable, but not our focus of attention either. These are the ‘givens’ so to speak that we will normally have...

  6. Chapter 3 The Christian Assembly and its Ministries
    (pp. 23-33)

    This chapter is concerned with the nature of the assembly, that is, the gathering of people who come together for Eucharist, and the various ways they take part in it. It focuses particularly on the kinds of ministry that operate within the assembly and on the qualifications and formation for ministry. A more detailed examination of particular ministries is left to later chapters on The Rites of Gathering and Sending (Chapter 4), The Liturgy of the Word (Chapter 5) and The Liturgy of Eucharist (Chapter 6).

    The term ‘assembly’ refers to the people who gather together face-to-face at a particular...

  7. Chapter 4 The Rites of Gathering and Sending
    (pp. 35-43)

    In this chapter we take a closer look at the beginning and ending phases of Eucharist. Rather than simply ‘Introductory Rites’ we refer to the beginning phase of Eucharist in which the assembly is gathered together as the ‘Rite of Gathering’. We refer to the concluding phase of Eucharist as the ‘Rite of Sending’ since it is here that the assembly is sent back out on its mission to the world from which it was gathered.

    The whole Eucharist celebration thus moves through a sequence of four main phases:

    The Rite of Gathering opens the celebration and continues up to...

  8. Chapter 5 The Liturgy of the Word
    (pp. 45-57)

    By the end of the Gathering Rite we could hope that the people have become an assembly that is physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually present to one another, conscious of the divine presence in which they have gathered. The assembly can then shift its attention to the reading and interpretation of Scripture—the Liturgy of the Word. The Liturgy of the Word begins with the first Scripture Reading and concludes with the Prayer of the Faithful.

    The standard rites of the Liturgy of the Word consist of:

    First Reading (commonly from the Old Testament)

    Responsorial Psalm

    Second Reading (from the...

  9. Chapter 6 The Liturgy of Eucharist
    (pp. 59-71)

    The Liturgy of Eucharist is the third of the four main phases that make up the whole celebration of Eucharist. In this book we use the term ‘Liturgy of Eucharist’ to refer to this majorphaseof the Eucharist that stands between the Liturgy of the Word and the Rite of Sending. It begins with the preparation of the bread and wine before the Eucharistic Prayer and concludes with the clearing of the altar after Communion. The term ‘Eucharist’ on its own thus refers to thewholeliturgy. The term ‘Liturgy of Eucharist’ on the other hand refers to that...

  10. Chapter 7 Liturgical Leadership
    (pp. 73-83)

    The new possibilities for liturgical ministry in the contemporary Eucharist have made up a recurring thread through the earlier chapters of this book. Ministers are those who fulfil some particular role within the assembly. They actively do somethingforortothe other participants. Among these ministries the liturgical leader has the greatest impact on the liturgy.

    Liturgicalleadersare distinguished from other ministers by the overall responsibility they have for the whole or a major part of the liturgy. This usually includes some oversight or coordination of other ministries. For a very long time, this has been the role...

  11. Chapter 8 Liturgical Music
    (pp. 85-97)

    Official documents of the Roman Rite over the last century show major changes in the understanding of liturgical music and its purpose. One of these notable changes is the current view that the whole assembly, rather than the clerical choir, is the place where liturgical music primarily belongs. A second notable change over that same period is the shift from a mono-cultural understanding of what constitutes good liturgical music to one which takes into account many cultures, several generations, different genre of musical production, and many different musical styles.¹

    We seem to be in a period of musical creativity requiring...

  12. Chapter 9 The Liturgical Calendar
    (pp. 99-109)

    The weekly Sunday Eucharist is the recurring ritual which more than any other represents and creates the life of the local Christian community. Thisweeklycycle of Sunday Eucharists sits within the largerannualcycle represented in the Christian calendar. The regularities of this larger-scale cyclic time and the events of the ongoing life of the community in so far as these are captured in the liturgical calendar, are the subject matter of this chapter.

    Time and space are interrelated in patterning human experience and hope. We measure time by the Earth’s movements through space—the daily revolutions of the...

  13. Chapter 10 Related Liturgies
    (pp. 111-121)

    This chapter is concerned with liturgies which are related quite closely to the Sunday Eucharists of a local community. They can be alternatives to Eucharist in particular circumstances, or they extend the symbols and meanings of Sunday Eucharists in other liturgical forms. The ones considered here as most likely to require attention from liturgical planners are Liturgies of Word and Communion, stand-alone Liturgies of the Word, weekday Eucharists, and some liturgical extensions of Eucharist. The chapter concludes with some considerations on non-eucharistic devotions and on non-liturgical gatherings of the local community in so far as these relate to Eucharist.


  14. Chapter 11 Eucharist in the Local Church
    (pp. 123-134)

    Throughout this book the ‘local’ church is understood in a liturgical sense, that is, the community that assembles for Sunday Eucharist. In many cases this is simply the parish. For the sake of simplicity, this book assumes that a group of liturgical planners and ministers are responsible for the one or several Sunday Eucharists of the local community. Where this is not the case, we invite the reader to make the necessary adjustments to the points we make in this book.

    Sometimes the term ‘local’ church is used to refer to a diocese since a diocese is geographically (locally) defined....

  15. Index
    (pp. 135-142)