HOW DO WE MAKE THE WAY WE CELEBRATE THE EUCHARIST MORE
APPEALING TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE NOT-SO-YOUNG
Father Dermot Lane, 19 January 2022
- FRAMING THE QUESTION
- Institutional reasons
- Personal reasons
- Basic thesis
- VATICAN II ON THE REFORM OF THE LITURGY
- Basic principles
- THE EUCHARIST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
- The prophets of Israel
- The table fellowship of Jesus
- The Last Supper
The washing of the feet
- The practice of the Early Church
Recent teaching on justice
- THE EUCHARIST AND CREATION
- The Link between Worship and Creation in the Hebrew bible
- Creation as the Throne of God, the Temple of God, the Sanctuary of God
Creation and the Eucharist
Bless the Lord, oh my soul.
Oh Lord my God you are very good.
You are clothed with honour and majesty,
Wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent. (v. 1-2)
You set the earth on its foundations
You cover it with the deep as with a garment.
You make the springs gush forth in the valleys.
You cause the grass to grow for cattle
And plants for people to use
To bring forth food from the earth
And wine to gladden the human heart, and oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. (v. 5-15)
You have made the moon to mark the seasons. (v. 19)
May the glory of the Lord endure forever. (v. 31)
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. (v. 31, 33-34)
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
Praise the Lord! (v. 35)
The Belgian poet Catherine de Vinck notes how time seems simply to go on and on and:
Yet the gifting never ceases:
Nests filled with eggs, fields swell with edible plants, water continues to rise out of the deep, hidden wells;
pulled by the moon, see waves un-scroll themselves forming on the beach.
What disappears returns defying decay and death
In a corner of the yard a simple tulip blooms year after year
Naming itself red and new in the spring air.
Artwork: ‘O Jerusalem’ by Greg Olsen