Here’s an excerpt from an article (“7 Steps to a More Robust Liturgy”) I just had published in Ministry & Liturgy Magazine:
On a recent trip to Hawaii, I visited the Polynesian Cultural Center and got a firsthand glimpse of the ritual expression of the Polynesian people: bold, dramatic, rich, deeply expressive, highly energizing. I found my imagination stirred, my heart moved, and my senses stimulated as young people explained and performed ancient rituals to the beat of drums and sounds of various stringed instruments. In short, their ritual expression was robust.
I began to think of Catholic liturgy and how we need to have a more robust approach to our ritual expression. It should be unheard of to be bored at Mass, and yet this is the reality for far too many Catholics. Our all-too-perfunctory approach to liturgy is missing the mark when it comes to capturing the imagination of the assembly.
If we are going to speak to the next generation of Catholics, we need to turn our ritual expression up a notch. In this article, I outline seven steps to creating a more robust liturgy in the parish so that our existing rituals are expressed more fully – with an abbondanza mentality!
To read the article in its entirety, click on the following links:
I invite you comments, insights, reactions, and questions.