by Donna Eschenauer.
Should the celebration of First Communion neglect sound liturgical principles?
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by Donna Eschenauer.
Need a chuckle this Monday?
On the good days, when no one seems to be looking at me, or when someone smiles at my son giving the peace, going to mass with my children can be this kind of spiritual awakening: an awareness that I do not exist only for myself, not only for my family, but for my church and for God, who love my children much more than I can manage. On the bad days, my kids are at least a useful reminder that I’m not as good at praying as I like to think I am.
What the church does together in its liturgical assembly during Holy Week is almost by definition much more accessible to children than what the church does on, say, the umpteenth Sunday in ordinary time. What the church does during Holy Week, when one boils it down, is simple. In our words and our actions, our songs and our prayers, we tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
“I was very surprised in what the Pope said to me, in terms of how happy he was that the sacraments of initiation have been restored to their proper order of baptism, confirmation then first Eucharist,” said Bishop Aquila.
“The Church does not recognize the child’s ability deliberately to commit sin that is in need of repentance until the age of ‘reason’ (age 7).”
I love Glennon Melton’s use of theological language to talk about the experience of parenting, and I also think it’s relevant to my experiences of liturgy. Last semester in one of my classes we discussed the fact that liturgical discipline includes worshiping when we’re not worshipful, in hope that (to use Glennon’s words) kairos will explode out of our ordinary experience of chronos.
In El Sistema method of music education, students attend regular school and also receive daily music education.
At Knollwood Baptist Church, the memorization of 60 hymns equips the young with a repertoire of theological language to express themselves with through high and low moments of their life.
The National Catholic Register has interviewed Bishop Aquila to shed some light on the topic of “restored order” for the sacraments of initiation.