LITURGY MATTERS: Celebrants or Consumers? It matters! Interlude: Can you send an apple by email?

Last week I invited you to join in a conversation reflecting on our experience of liturgical disruption caused by COVID-19. This week, as an interlude before we move to Part 6 of our reflection on whether we celebrants or consumers, I invite you to listen to that conversation. It’s always good to listen widely.

Aptly titled, ‘Can you send an apple by email?’ this conversation is part of the “Flashes of Insight – Let’s Talk Liturgy” series I have highlighted previously. Essentially, this series is reflecting on the same things as we have over the last five Liturgy Matters articles. However, with its wider lens on liturgy, “Let’s Talk Liturgy” draws in a lot of additional issues and questions.

The conversation process is interesting. The hour-long conversation that took place last week had about 45 participants, mainly from New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. It has been condensed in the link below to a 15-minute presentation. Its aim is to be short, sharp and insightful, and to function as a spark for other local conversations.

So I invite you to view ‘Can you send an apple by email?’ and to use it as a spark for conversations within your community. You might like to use our three mystagogical questions to guide your reflection:

  • What do you notice?
  • What does it reveal to you/us (about God, Christ, the church, the liturgy …)?
  • What does it ask of you/us?

There is so much in this short video. You might want to choose different issues and questions and engage in a longer process of mystagogical reflection on each one.  This is a feast. I hope you enjoy the tasting.

We shall continue with Part 6 of our ‘celebrants or consumers’ reflections in the next Liturgy Matters.

In the meantime, it seems the “Flashes of Insight – Let’s Talk Liturgy” conversations will continue on Thursday for the next few weeks. For details go to last week’s Liturgy Matters. This is too good an opportunity to miss. It was good to see someone from one of our parishes participate last week. To catch up on previous episodes of “Flashes of Insight”, access the link on our diocesan Liturgy Resources page.

What do you think? Can you send an apple by email? Celebrants or consumers? It matters!

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Louise Gannon rsj is the Diocesan Manager of Worship and Prayer.