Well we’ve made it to the Fraction Rite! We’ve taken bread and wine. We’ve blessed bread and wine. And now it is time for the bread to be broken and the wine poured out for the life of the world. What do we think we are doing when we celebrate ‘The Fraction Rite’? Are we celebrants or consumers? The answer matters.
Four weeks ago, prompted by our COVID 19 experience, we began to reflect on our understanding of what we think we are doing when we celebrate ‘The Liturgy of the Eucharist’ at Mass. Are we celebrants or consumers? The answer matters. Today we turn our attention to what the church refers to as ‘the centre and high point of the entire celebration, namely Eucharistic Prayer.’ (GIRM a. 78)
Today we continue our reflection on what we think we are doing in the ‘Liturgy of the Eucharist’. We are driven by the question emerging in our COVID-19 experience: are we celebrants or consumers? So gather in your reflections from the first and second articles in this series and let us proceed, focusing today on the first of the four-part eucharistic action: the preparation of the gifts.
In the previous Liturgy Matters, prompted by our experience of live streamed Mass, we began to explore the question: When we celebrate eucharist, do we understand ourselves to be celebrants or consumers?
Australian Catholic University's (ACU's) Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and the ACU Centre for Liturgy will welcome Rev. Professor Mark R. Francis csv a renown liturgical theologian whose special interest is the relationship between liturgy and culture.