The information below is from workshops I regularly teach for the Office
of Worship of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Please feel free to use these files but please also acknowledge my copyrights.
|You can’t “do” liturgy
unless you understand the basic “why” of liturgy: how worship
is connected to life, to what God is “do” in the universe
and in the Church. Ecclesiology is the theology of the Church and I
give this workshop at the beginning of every cycle of training liturgical
leaders in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
||After the presider, the readers are the most important ministers
(servants) at the liturgy. This section will get you to the matrial
I use in this workshop.
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| Here is the chart I put together for my students to explain the
sources, kinds, and interpretation of liturgical law. The sources for
are the canonists Francis G. Morrisey, Ladislas Orsy, and John Huels;
their works are full of examples which fill out the meaning of this chart.
John Huels has a very helpful understanding of the place of liturgical
law, which I hereby quote: “The function of canon law is to provide
harmony and unity in the external life of the church as a reflection
of its Spirit-guided inner unity. As part of canon law, liturgical law
shares this purpose by ensuring the unity and authenticity of Catholic
worship within and among the many local churches. ‘Unity’ does
not imply a rigid uniformity in ritual detail but refers to the desirable
and necessary ordering of the essential structures, spirit, and character
of the Roman liturgy. The purpose of liturgical law must always be seen
in the light of the role of liturgy itself, namely, to build up the body
of Christ through Spirit-filled celebrations of the saving mysteries.
The deepest purpose of liturgical law, therefore, is to promote effective
experiences of worship that are always fresh, living expressions of the
manifold cultures of the local churches.”