I’m participating in a good discussion about liturgical catechesis at www.catechistconnection.net (site no longer live). Here’s my latest comments on liturgical catechesis in response to someone who defines liturgical catechesis the way I would define lectionary catechesis.
“I think most people use the term lectionary catechesis to refer to what you’re talking about (lessons that flow from the Sunday Scripture readings). From my experience, liturgical catechesis is any form of catechesis that prepares one to celebrate the liturgy more fully. Something as simple as preparing a prayer table for Advent with a purple cloth and an Advent wreath and inviting children to sing the refrain of O Come O Come Emmanuel is a form of liturgical catechesis. Or beginning class by asking the children to trace a cross over their forehead, lips, and heart as together you pray, “May the Word of God be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart” is a form of liturgical catechesis. In other words, any religious education program can incorporate liturgical catechesis into their existing format without having to change the entire curriculum. It is simply a matter of integrating our liturgical life into our catechesis so that we are preparing our young people to participate more fully in the Mass.”
What’s your understanding of liturgical catechesis?
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