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Liturgy – What Does It Ask of Us?

Reflections for Liturgy 

Copyright © 2001 by

Rick Swenton
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Bristol, CT 06010-7199
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Liturgy – What Does It Ask of Us?

March 10, 2001An article that appeared in U.S. Catholic, February 2001, by Bob Zsyskowski spoke about priests who preside at Mass and what makes an effective presider at liturgy.  In this article, the author mentioned the other part of liturgy - What does good liturgy ask of those in the pew?Here's a quick list from the author:
  • Prepare mentally.  As you arrive at the church or worship space, recall why you are gathering in a community with others.
  • Be present. Put aside life's distractions and concerns and give your attention to the words and the actions of the ritual.
  • Listen.  Think about what the words of the rite mean.
  • Respond noticeably.  Let the presider see your reactions.  Participate in the responses and the songs.
  • Make your own the prayer the presider is offering.
  • Let the liturgy do the work.  Realize that liturgy is meant to move you.
  • Give the presider feedback.  Comments are welcomed not just on the homily but on his other skills as well.  Affirmation is appreciated, but so are constructive criticism and questions. 

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