Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The Role of the Celebrant in a Flexible Liturgy

In January of 1970, a Committee of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission [8 pp. pdf] looked forward to the new Ordo Missae. For example,
The celebrant must present a relaxed image to the congregation if he is to express its unity. Since the letter kills and the spirit gives life, any excessive concern with rubrics will show itself in an artificiality of presence and a certain un-human feeling in his activity. Ritualism can smack of magic. The CELEBRANT is HUMAN, THEREFORE FLEXIBLE. He can communicate this human spirit in his comments made during celebration. ...


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