To Live and Learn: What Does Liturgy Teach?
October 28, 2008
"[When] we consider the question, "What does the liturgy teach us?" there is more than the what in play. The what is inseparable from the who, the how, and the when; they complement and enrich one another. What liturgy offers participants, the learners, is profoundly influenced by what they bring to the liturgical act -- their stories, cultures, personal proclivities, imaginations, and depth of faith. In turn, the liturgy is where the dimensions of human experience are affirmed, challenged, and transformed, all the while shaping who the learners are and what they bring on a given Sunday."
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Anne Koester works and teaches at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is the author of Sunday Mass: Our Role and Why It Matters (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2007) and co-editor of Called To Participate: Theological, Ritual, And Social Perspectives (authored by Mark Searle, co-edited by Barbara Searle; Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2006).
READ OTHER ARTICLES BY ANNE KOESTER:
A Participation that Is Demanded by the Very Nature of Liturgy
Jesus as Model Relationship Builder
Justice: What Are We Talking About? (Part I, Part II, Part III)
Liturgy: Some Key Ideas
Putting on Our Sunday Best
The 20th Century Social & Liturgical Movements in the U.S.: Working Out of a Common Vision