Liturgical Committee Composition
WHAT IS LITURGY?
The Old Testament defines liturgy as “public work” or a “service on the behalf of the people” while the New Testament describes it as not only a celebration of divine worship but also a celebration to the proclamation of the Gospel and to active charity. Succeeding Vatican II, liturgy is also an action of the church to present and manifest her as a visible sign of the communion in Christ between God and men through the “conscious, active and fruitful participation” of everyone including the community.
The definition above can be a little formidable for the lay, especially for the younger generation. A few key words can help us assimilate a wholesome interpretation of liturgy:
Refers to the missal, a definitive book of liturgical text for the celebration of mass at its highest form.
Proclamation of the Gospel:
Announce the good news from the kingdom of God and the unquestionable truth proclaimed by Jesus.
Act by which we love god through selfless giving and love ourselves along with neighbours without the intension of a favour in return
Communion in Christ between God and men:
Consecrated bread and wine as body and blood of Christ are consumed as memorials of Christ’s death and symbol of spiritual union between Christ and the communicant (us).
Conscious, active and fruitful participation:
Rewarding, intentional and decisive service to the church
In reference to not only the priest but also the whole community.
INTERPRETING THE LITURGY
In simple terms, the structure of liturgy is for all to participate in unity/united with our difference/diversity that is Christ focused and not for personal piety (personal view or believes). It is crucial to understand that in liturgy we are to give up our individualism and not necessarily our individuality. Practice of unity should not only be spiritual but also in physical modesty such as in the way we dress and behave for no other reason but for the glorification of Jesus. While this is often argued as a Catholic’s practice in the spirit of the law (i.e. the way I dress and behave in church is my own personal relationship with god), the liturgy also builds on the letter of the law also known as the rules and regulation of the church (i.e. canon law, catechism of the catholic church), the foundation of the catholic church and its traditions. A balance between the spirit and letter of the law is therefore important to avoid a disjointed or fragmented faith practice and the way we live our lives. While the spirit of the law is over preferred due to its flexibility and left to personal interpretation, for the honest faithful who grasp both the letter and the spirit, the law is an appreciated treasure.
HOW IS THE LITURGY CELEBRATED
Service to the Lord required dedication and mindful thinking of Christ centeredness, thus all liturgical ministers serving are to be united (i.e dress code of white tops and black bottoms) to preserve the reverence and admiration of our lord without serving as a distraction. The liturgy is celebrated through signs and symbols, words and actions, singing and music. The various ministries that are united in liturgy are therefore:
Liturgy is about people who believe in Jesus as the Christ and who want to walk in this ways. To be challenged by that way and are impelled to gather together and proclaim that faith, to proclaim God’s word, together in an action of praise, thanksgiving prayer using words, gestures, signs & symbols. The liturgy is about recalling the memory of Jesus (His life, his work, his death and resurrection) and realising that his life and work still continue today. The liturgy is about these words, signs and gestures having the power of God, that they celebrate the presence of Jesus as we gather and move on in mission in our world, waiting for his coming in glory and our future participation in the heavenly liturgy.
The Liturgical Formation was held on 29th of July 2017 and conducted by Msgr Leonard Lexson. Formations are held for ministers of the liturgy on a regular basis to enable ministers to deepen their understanding and appreciation of liturgy as the source and summit of their lives. Being the highest form of worship, every minister must be conscious of the desire to participate actively and fully and not merely fulfilling a function and to come to love the Eucharist with, ‘all your heart, body, mind, spirit and strength.’