each of the liturgical seasons listed last week the Liturgy Committee
must have a sense of the season. Looking at the Gospel is key for it
gives us our focus. Is it a time of joyful celebration or a time of
remembering? Are we waiting in joyful expectation or atoning for our
trespasses? Once the feel of the season is established the environment
committee explores how the worship space can be enhanced to help us
focus our thoughts and prayers on that Gospel message. The proper
colors for the season are used and with flowers, greenery, fabric,
ribbon, candles, and water, the Assembly, Altar, Ambo and Presider's
Chair are highlighted.
Liturgical ministers must be scheduled
regularly to be present and serve at all our liturgies. Well prepared
lectors, eucharistic ministers, servers, ushers and greeters are a
constant in our assembly.
The music also gives shape to the season
and the music ministers work weekly to choose just the right texts and
musical settings to tell the Gospel story, while allowing and
encouraging the assembly to find its voice.
Sometimes the committee decides to enhance
the mass with special rituals, for instance, the dressing of the worship
space and altar at the Easter Vigil or the Pentecost candle lighting
ritual that began our masses last weekend. Rituals like these are first
conceived, then choreographed, scripted and coordinated. Volunteers
are sought to take part and a rehearsal is scheduled.
It’s all about getting people involved in
their liturgy, for the mass belongs to all of us baptized Catholic
Christians. More next time. (June 6, 2004)