as frequently (mis)understood as relating to the communal rites of both the Mass and the rites for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Caution was given in the discussion that liturgy can sometimes fail because it is only horizontal, and devotion can sometimes fail because it is only vertical. The final discussion focused on the contribution of Ferrone’s book regarding inculturation, which will foster much discussion, especially since Pope Francis has prayed liturgically and modeled appropriate ways in which inculturation has been the norm without being singled out or appearing contrived. The vignette that Ferrone used from the Maumere on Flores Island is a powerful example of inculturation, not as decorative but as drawing from the experience of the community itself. It has much to do with life patterns and relationship patterns. Brother Stan Campbell presented a proposal for a project that would focus on Liturgy of the Hours and that seminar members supported. Stan’s proposal began with a presentation of the sections from CSL on the Divine Office, paired with sections from the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours. The material was organized in such a way that it became apparent that our current celebration of the Hours is an amalgamation of monastic and cathedral celebrations, with a slant toward the monastic. In particular, the seminar discussion pointed out the ritual bumps in the road when untrained ministers attempt to lead Hours in a parish or when the laity use popular settings of the Hours (Magnificat, Give Us This Day, Living with Christ) in their own prayer and then do not understand the format or individual “added” elements when using the complete settings with larger groups. If we are concerned about the formation of the assembly for liturgical prayer, then perhaps our next round of study and presentations can focus on Liturgy of the Hours—heightening the awareness of both clergy and laity, trained and untrained, not only regarding the beauty and richness of this “prayer of the Church,” but also in supporting and modeling the rhythms of praying psalms and practicing the cathedral elements of the Hours. In addition, we will have to keep in mind parish celebrations on a regular basis and private praying of the Hours in the many formats already pointed out.
Plans for the Future Next year, we will have three primary areas of emphasis. The first is to continue a focus on Liturgy of the Hours, building on Stan’s contribution this year: ways to introduce Liturgy of the Hours in parishes, centered on the actual experience of praying communally; suggestions for offering on diocesan levels and in formation programs of leaders of prayer; Teva is preparing a study of New Skete monastery and will present their Saturday evening vespers (which has both monastic and cathedral elements), where liturgy is formative and transformative, and articulates identity. In addition, we have offers of papers on liturgical—devotional emphases. We will read and discuss Liturgy and the New Evangelization by Tim O’Malley, which is coming out this spring from Liturgical Press. An outline for discussion will be provided by Joyce Ann Zimmerman. 76 NAAL Proceedings
Published on Oct 8, 2014
Published on Oct 8, 2014
The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) (http://www.naal-liturgy.org/) is an ecumenical and interreligious association of liturgical sc...