From liturgical theology to celebratory praxis
An intensive course of the FACULTY of THEOLOGY
3-4-5 October 2019
The reform desired by the Council marked a deepening of liturgical theology, combined with a greater awareness of the riches contained in the lex orandi and in the expected gestures from the liturgical books. Sometimes, however, the young generations of ministers and presbyters experience some difficulty in implementing the ritual forms provided, and risk falling into rubricism (rituality as an end in itself, reduced to an exact execution, deprived of the ritual, theological and symbolic value proper to the liturgy) or in sloppiness (arbitrary inventions and improvisation; no care for signs, gestures, proclamation) or in the abstruse creativity that they invent instead of following the path, of improvisation instead of preparation.
The Pontifical University Sant’Anselmo has always offered courses to help lay people and priests to combine together theological knowledge in the liturgical field with a care for the art of presiding, animating and celebrating the liturgy. We do this in the awareness that the Reform is implemented through study of the sources and theology, and through the care of the presider and liturgical animation, to guarantee that all the ritual elements contribute to expressing the mystery that is celebrated.
In order to continue this Anselmian tradition and respond to the current needs of the Church, the Faculty of Theology of our University completes its foundational proposal by starting a course that helps to translate into celebratory practice the theological indications and ritual executions that are enclosed in liturgical books. In fact, if on the one hand the simple knowledge of the theological dimension does not guarantee a celebrative presidency capable of expressing the mystery that is celebrated, on the other hand the mere execution of the rubrics does not ensure a fidelity to the Ordines in the harmonious respect of what constitutes the rite.
The course re-reads the praenotanda of the individual liturgical books to retrace theology; offers suggestions for preparation for the sacraments and pre-sacramental catechesis to accompany the liturgical experience; opens the way to mystagogy; confirms in the Christian life; examines the celebratory and ritual signs; proposes concrete solutions based on the forms enclosed in the Ordo; and offers deacons and presbyters directions for the presidency of the celebration through workshops.