Sunday by Sunday you faithfully attend the liturgy of your local church.

Lately, though, many of your friends have started attending worship at the made-over movie theater out on the edge of town that’s now known as a “praise-and-worship center”. Your friends seem to be, well, happier; maybe more committed. Jesus is taking a prominent place in their lives (or, at least, in all their conversations with you), which is a good thing. And you, for your part, can’t help but wonder just what they’re experiencing out there — but for your own Sunday church obligations, you would find out for yourself.

Well, here’s an inside peak, complete with on-screen ordo for your convenience.

Of course this is a spoof — well produced, but still a spoof. But it raises some important questions: what are the underlying deep structures (ordo/ordines) of liturgical worship? How do such structures communicate in a way that is logically prior to particular forms, rites or uses? How do we best attend to those structures — what does it mean, in other words, that most liturgical churches have the same ordo at the core of their Eucharistic worship?

Ed. note: Link no longer operational as of 1/1/11.