Liturgy Assessment – Research Essay
1--Scenario: You are a teacher in a Catholic school and your principal has discovered parents of your students who do not take their children to Mass because they themselves “get nothing out of it.” These parents have been invited to an adult continuing education evening. You are to pastorally explain God’s Saving Plan and the place of the Eucharist within that Plan. The paper should be written in the style you would speak to them, but referenced appropriately. (Should be in first person voice) What is the Mysterion? What is Christ’s Paschal Mystery and how does the Eucharist participate in it and make present God’s saving plan? What is the role of members of the Church at Mass? You might find it useful to describe various parts of the Mass, which allow your listeners to see the Mysterion at work such as through the principle of lex orandi, lex credendi. You might also discuss why the Church encourages to individuals to go to Mass even if they don’t receive Holy Communion.
Ask a dozen Catholics and you will get a dozen answers explaining why they go to Mass1. Some answers will be good; others not so good. Each one of you here have different opinions, different traditions and hold certain beliefs that affect the way we think about ourselves, other people, the world around us, the Mass experience and what it means to you. There are many facets to the Mass, for some it may be a meal, for some it is a sacrifice. Others like to emphasise the community aspect and for some it is a deep personal prayer or the very essence of the coming together expressed in communion2. I am here to give an overview for people coming in touch with the church, perhaps for the first time, or refreshing their acquaintance with Catholic tradition. My hope is that through listening here tonight, I may touch your curiosity and help you find a warm welcome and satisfying environment in which your child can learn and grow in the long and colourful history of the catholic tradition and why Mass is what matters. I invite you to explore this view like a curious child3, discover and recognise the ancient tradition in which we call our Mass and embrace and carry the beliefs and values with your family.
To start us off I ask you to reflect on why is it that we are holding our children back from attending Mass? Why as adults do we have this perception of “getting nothing out of it”? Hold onto these questions and hold onto these thoughts, because by the end of tonight I hope you can share with me a different perspective of our faith and appreciating the true meaning of the Mass and why as faithful followers our attendance is so important.
Throughout tonight you may here some terms or words I use that you may not be familiar with or aware of how they apply to the Mass and their significance, I will however do my best to explain their true meaning and their working’s in the Catholic Mass.
Ultimately, God had a saving plan, a vision for his people, an invitation to be part of a community, which makes an honest effort to live by the values of the Gospel. He chooses us in Christ to be holy and to live through love in his presence. Determined to become adopted children of our faith, we praise the glory of his grace and for the glory of his grace to be radiant in our life4. God’s Saving Plan was to save us from the power of evil through his life, death and resurrection. It was Christ’s free gift to us, through his body and blood we gain freedom and the forgiveness of sins, we open our mind to the dimensions of God’s unconditional love and so that everyone can be part of God’s plan for eternal life and meaningful existence. People have a perception that by being Christian and living only by good intentions will automatically be our salvation to the gates of heaven, what I mean by this is “I’m a good person, I try to do good, I’m sincere, I try not to hurt people5”, whilst at the same time having no...
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