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Ritual Theory and Performance Convener: Thomas Splain, SJ (parochial vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Jose, CA) Seminar Participants: Marcia McFee, Tom Splain Visitors: Kit Ying Law, Rémi Lepage

Papers and Presentations Kit-Ying Law presented a paper titled “A Relational Trinitarian Theology of Worship and Its Liturgical Expression through the Lens of Chinese Five-Element Theory.” The Trinity is the dynamic relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Eucharist is the dynamic unfolding of this relationship as we address the Father, through the Son, by means of the Holy Spirit. Chinese Five-Element Theory affords us a lens to look at this relationship. We are familiar with the symbols for Yin and Yang: a circle divided by an S-shaped line. One side of the S is dark, the other side is white, with a small dark circle within the white side and a small white circle within the dark side. The symbol is a way of uniting the opposites of Yin and Yang. The opposites are not static, but exist in a dynamic relationship that maintains a balance. Yin is cold, female, ingoing, dying. Yang is hot, male, outgoing, growing. Further, the five elements— wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—exist within a Yin-Yang relationship. Kit-Ying Law took the five liturgical elements of word, prayer, table, mission (sending forth), and baptism (with the profession of faith) and related them to the five elements. Chinese medicine does not look exclusively at one organ that is ailing, but at the whole body as a functioning organism. So if the heart is ailing, we must also look at how liver and lungs are relating to the heart within the body. Applying this model to liturgy, if there is something lacking in our celebration of the word, maybe we should look at the community’s treatment of baptism, catechesis, and mystagogia. If the table is lacking, maybe mission and prayer need some work. Yin and Yang express a duality, but they do so in order to open up how things come together. Yin and Yang are not sharp lines. They enable us to look at what is

North American Academy of Liturgy Proceedings 2014  

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) (http://www.naal-liturgy.org/) is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical sc...

North American Academy of Liturgy Proceedings 2014  

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) (http://www.naal-liturgy.org/) is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical sc...