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Liturgical prayer and sacramental celebration are of profound importance for the life of a the Christian community. It is especially important, then for Catechumenate Team leaders to be able to lead good prayer experiences for those who are being initiated into the Church community. Mary Anne Ravizza offers team formation for liturgical prayer, along with reflections on the nature of liturgical prayer. The book also offers an exploration of praying with catechumens and candidates, as well as criteria for evaluating prayer sessions in the catechumenate, with helps for presiding at liturgical prayer.
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Studio: Sheed & Ward
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1996
Publisher Sheed & Ward
ISBN 1556129548 ISBN13 9781556129544
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More About Mary A. Ravizza
Mary Anne Ravizza received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Catechetics from Santa Clara University. She is a member of the board of Catholic Women Network.
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Good concept - poor implementation Sep 8, 2000
This book is a major disappointment, despite my respect for Kevin Irwin from whom the author derived her understanding of liturgical prayer. Unfortunately, she makes no distinction between liturgical and paraliturgical which is a fatal flaw as she requests that the participants "create" liturgical prayer; she means to create structured, corporate prayer using words, gestures, symbols etc. i.e. paraliturgy.
Her distinction between liturgy and personal prayer is equally flawed. Despite the bibliographic reference to Paul Bradshaw's work on cathedral vs. monastic prayer (the former being corporate in nature, the latter being personal), she attributes spontaneity as a mark of personal prayer while at the same time requesting a revisiting of traditional devotions which are frequently not spontaneous. She seems to fall into the "mystic is best" trap - giving examples of personal prayer as meditation, breathing exercises, etc. (explicitly referring to Eastern religions' prayer forms) while ignoring the guts of personal prayer - petition, intercession, thanksgiving.
The sessions that she has outlined for the Catechumenate Team Formation may well backfire. From personal experience (not as leader), I know that bread is too loaded a symbol for Catholics to be used in the context she suggests - the reactions to its use in a group far more selected in favor of approving of the use of the symbol ranged from "the most meaningful prayer experience" to "presider must be a priest wanna-t-be" or "verging on sacreligious, an abuse of the symbol". I would be similarly, but more mildly, concerned with the sprinkling rite. Oils, with proper background, do seem to work.
The intent of the book is good - to make the RCIA team sufficiently aware of liturgy to prepare the catechumens not only for "The Liturgy" (Mass) but for the preparatory and sacramental liturgies in which they will be participating.