Liturgical Ministry

Many things have to be done by many people for the liturgy on Sunday to be celebrated in a parish.  There is the priest, who is leader and presider.  There is the lector, who prepares and reads the scriptures.  There is the leader of song.  There is an organist or other musicians.  There are those who help with the distribution of holy communion.  There are the acolytes or servers.  There are the ushers.  Perhaps there is a deacon.  There is the homilist, usually the presider or the deacon.  And, behind the scenes but just as important, there are those who prepared the building by cleaning and decorating, those who wrote special parts of the liturgy for this Sunday and those who helped to coordinate the whole thing. And don’t forget those who made the wine and baked the bread.

All these people have a ministry only because of the assembly–that’s the name we use for everyone present. All of them are members of the assembly before being lector or usher. And what is the ministry of the assembly?

Think about these other rituals?  What would a birthday party be like of no one sang “Happy Birthday” ?  What would a football game be like if no one cheered?  Or what would Christmas dinner be like if no one spoke to anyone else?  All these events, these riturals, call for people to do special tasks: cake baking, cheerleading, sparking the conversation. But more than that, before all that, they need people who are eager to lend voices, hands and even hearts to make something happen, people who just want to be together and make their time together a good time.  Excerpt from Liturgy with Style and Grace

In one way or another, we are all Liturgical Ministers.

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