KIMBERLY BELCHER: "Ritual Formation and Evangelization"
History, ritual and formation in the liturgical movement
1. Narrative of the past
2. Explains one aspect of the present evolution. Romanticism
Metzger book History of the Liturgy as example: everything took place before 12th century or between then and Vatican II. Liturgy is something that takes place in old books. For most people text is not the most important thing about their experience of the liturgy.
Through 20th century boundaries were the 7 sacraments. Text studies fairly limited.... Jewish texts, etc.
also Liturgy of the Hours
Rites of Burial
Occasional rites a any public prayer in common
Renewal was limited to input of books and output of books. That is not sufficient.
Aidan Kavanaugh Three Days story of baptism romanticized
Paul Bradshaw and Max Johhnson The eucharistic liturgies - deconstructs the romanticism... There was no golden age of the catechumenate...
History and the worshiping subject. Guardini (1918) on the church as beyond the body of the faithful. In 1964. He said in the 19th century we moved to qwindividualistic inward act and lost the sense of being a member of the body of Christ
Some implications of ritual
Traditional -----> pluralistic. In a traditional worlds there is only one way.. The way you have always done it and your parents etc. we forget there was evolution
Oral----> Post-literate. Transition to culture not adept at interpreting body language, imagery etc. but are adept at texts. (Now that is transitioning to a culture of images again.
- Distinction between public and private eroding
- Knowledge is embodied and interpretive
- Individuals do not live in stable symbolic communities it contrict their social worlds through pastiche
Ritual: a system of mutually interpreting human behaviors that function as connected tissues....
Ritual and meanings
- Meaning is fluid, not fixed
- Meanings are constructed by practice and reflection over time - we have to go back to it over and over so the ritual can speak to us when time arises
- Individuals are now capable of subversion-assigning sago a practice a earning opposite that prescribed by authority - confirmation
- Ritual can be a space for production of meanings rather than having a meaning of its own
Allowing space for questions
Ritual: defying bounds
Ritual is "connective tissue". Can be stretched but retain its connection
- Liturgy has intrinsic tension between its nearness and distance from the everyday
- Liturgy promotes connections bwtwymundane experience, private prayer, and social and cultural life
Ritual and renewal
Not just about new books or old books!
Nathan Mitchell is it possible that modern people don't know how to make a ritual act?
We need to learn to dance! We need to give people permission to thrive in the culture the live in that isnverynnegative
Make space to LISTEN
To decolonizing cultures
To those we minister to
Build up the partial
Foster BODY practice. Doesn't just happen in the Eucharist.
How does our culture re-learn how to process?
Video of Kenyan dances at papal Mass
Photography as tool to help people reintegrate their lives
- REFLECT and remember use photos to help the,m remember
- SPEAK a common language from our experience
Pictures of 2 churches from Flickr...
Pictures take a sustained gaze to generate theological reflection
We need to get together to generate sustained reflection on our rites -theological reflection in communities.
Ritual evangelization is to assist people in liturgy, not to assess
Q & A
Doing this together communally builds up an assembly that understands how better to celebrate
In our cultures athletes and musicians understand doing things over and over until we get it right.