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Liturgical Principles

General Principles

Liturgy is the action of Christ done through His body, the church.
Liturgy is the action of the entire Church and not just a particular local community.
In liturgy we pray what the Church believes
Liturgy shapes and forms us as Christ's people.
In liturgy, the Church expresses its identity.
Liturgy is not only an expression of our faith, it is also a rehearsal for the kingdom of God. It gives us a taste of the kingdom.

Principles for Liturgical Preparation

Liturgy is a symbolic language. It should not be minimized.
Music is an integral and necessary part of liturgy.
Simplicity, honesty, and authenticity are guiding principles for everything concerned with liturgy.
Good Liturgy identifies the heart of RCIA. Be careful not to make a minor element of the Rite a major feature.
Do not neglect the environment.
Appreciate how ritual works. It may be messy.
Whatever is done, do it deliberately, genuinely, and authentically.
Less can be more.
Let the Rites speak for themselves. Allow for silence and be sensitive to the rhythm of the Rite.
Critique, evaluate, and record all that occurs (for next time). Make it better.

Some Principles of Liturgical Adaptation

Know the Rite thoroughly. Understand the theology underlying the rite.
Know where the Rite itself allows or suggests adaptation.
Understand the real constraints of your community. Accept limitations.
Adapt only for genuine reasons, not simply for the sake of novelty or creativity.
Don't minimize the Rite for the sake of convenience.>
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