Last week, I posted a link to my recently published article, 7 Steps to a More Robust Liturgy, in Ministry and Liturgy Magazine. I received an excellent response from Jeffrey Pinyan, author of Praying the Mass. The reason I consider it excellent is not because he agrees with everything I said (in fact, he disagrees with me on a variety of points) but because he furthers the discussion, contributes to it with well-thought-out ideas, and expresses his disagreement in a respectful tone which is much needed in the Catholic blogosphere. Thanks Jeffrey for sharing your thoughts.
What do you think of Jeffrey’s response?
What makes our celebration of the liturgy “robust”? Can the Roman Rite be celebrated in such a way that one could describe it as “bold, dramatic, rich, deeply expressive, [and] highly energizing,” the same words used in 7 Steps to a More Robust Liturgy to describe the rituals displayed at thePolynesianCulturalCenter inHawaii? I think it can, although Roman (Catholic) “drama” does not look the same as Polynesian “drama”, and that which is “bold” in the Roman Rite may not look “bold” in a Polynesian ritual.
Before we consider… (read Jeffrey’s article in its entirety)