No one much minds when people choose to stand up and sit down. I should feel like a lamb chop in a vegan restaurant if I stood up while everyone else was kneeling. They don’t feel like that, obviously, as one or two old ladies will stand, like the boy on the burning deck, when all but they have knelt.
Sometimes you uncover an old dispute simmering under the unassuming cover of a Hesburgh Library volume…
To open up the issue of the arrangement of priest and assembly, we need to go to first principles and begin with the question, ‘who celebrates the liturgy?’ The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1136) answers simply and directly, Liturgy is an ‘action’ of the whole Christ.
The readiness to present myself for ordination as a priest presupposes the willingness not merely to make available my working hours and working abilities, but rather to let my very self be taken in service.
If the churches came to understand that the greatest threat to faith today is not hedonism but distraction, perhaps they might begin to appeal anew to a frazzled digital generation.
Jesus Christ, Lord of the church, send your Holy Spirit! Illumine our hearts and heal our memories…
One Song, Many Voices/Many Voices, One Song: Making It Work