Chapter 57 Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Theology

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

 

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Bibliography

Church Documents

Bishops of Kansas. "Sunday Eucharist-Do This in Memory of Me," Origins 25:8 (July 13, 1995), 121-124. "We believe that the eucharist is who is on the altar. But the eucharist is also who is around the altar and beyond the altar." Restricts use of communion services on Sundays "to emergencies only."

Bishops of Wisconsin. "Sunday Worship Without a Priest," Origins 24:17 (October 6, 1994), 296-299. "Traditionally, the reception of holy communion outside of Mass was reserved for special moments such as for those in danger of death. It was never meant to be normative for Catholics."

Congregation for Divine Worship. Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, Vatican City, June 2, 1988. ICEL translation: Washington DC: Office of Publishing and Promotion Services, United States Catholic Conference, 1988.  ISBN 1-55586-251-9.

Liturgy Documentary Series, Volume 10: Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest Responding to the phenomenon of the priestless Sunday, the U.S. bishops Secretariat for the Liturgy has developed this resource for use by those who lead Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest and for those responsible for formation. This volume includes the complete texts of both the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest and Gathered in Steadfast Faith as well as the introduction to Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest: Leader s Edition.
No. 5-105, 64 pp., $5.95
Resource Member Price $3.57

 

Books

Brown, Kathleen Lay Leaders of Worship: A Practical and Spiritual Guide 

Caspers, Charles; Lukken, Gerard; and Rouwhorst, Gerard, eds. Bread of Heaven: Customs and Practices Surrounding Holy Communion (Kampen, The Netherlands: Kok Pharos Publishing House, 1995). This collection of essays deals primarily with the rites of communion, but the essay by Ton van Eijk (pp. 231-246) focuses "Communion Services After Vatican II." AMAZON

Congar  "Mon cheminement dan la theologie du laicat et des ministeres," pp. 9-30  in Ministeres et Communion Eccleasiale Paris: Cerf, 197.  Translated and published in The Jurist , Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring, 1972 as "My Path--Findings in the Theology of Laity and Ministries."" pp. 169-188 

Cooke, Bernard. The Future of Eucharist: How a New Self-Awareness Among Catholics is Changing the Way They Believe and Worship (New York: Paulist Press, 1997). Argues that "as fewer and fewer parishes have their own resident eucharistic leader," the threat posed by this phenomenon may not be as serious as it appears.

Dallen, James The Dilemma of Priestless Sundays 

Hughes, Kathleen Lay Presiding: The Art of Leading Prayer, American Essays in Liturgy (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1988).

Veronica C. Rosier.  Liturgical Catechesis of Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest (Liturgia condenda 13)   (Thesis for the doctorate, The Catholic University of America)

Journal Articles

Barras, Philippe. "Sunday Assemblies in the Absence of a Priest: The Situation and Trends in France," Studia Liturgica 26 (1996), 91-103. Outlines the historical development of this pastoral phenomenon in France and concludes with discussions of Sunday assembly and eucharist; community and the absence of a priest; receiving the eucharist; and the eschatological dimension of the celebration.

Bysse, Helmut. "Sunday Worship Without a Priest," Studia Liturgica 26 (1996), 104-112. Analyzes the present situation of Sunday worship without a priest in Germany and offers perspectives on how a more positive assessment of such celebrations might be reached.

Fairbanks, Sarah “Lay Liturgical Preachers at the Eucharist” Worship 77, no 5 Sept 2003 439

Henderson, Frank "When Lay People Preside at Sunday Worship," Worship 58 (1984) 109-117

Hovda,  Robert "The Amen Corner: ‘Priestless Sundays' Reconsidered," Worship 62 (1988) 154-159.

Hovda, Robert "‘Priestless Sundays' Reconsidered," Worship 64 (1990) 154-159.

Huck, Gabe "Priestless Sundays: Are We Looking or Leaping?" Worship 61 (1987) 4-5.

Huels, John "Chronicle: Sunday Liturgies Without a Priest," Worship 64 (1990) 451-459.

Hughes, Kathleen. "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest: Some Disquieting Pastoral Reflections," New Theology Review 8:1 (February 1995), 45-57.

Hughes, Kathleen "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest—Or Are They?" New Theology Review 3 (1990) 72-73.

Hughes, Kathleen "Sunday Worship in the Absence of a Priest: Some Disquieting Reflections," New Theology Review 8 (1995) 45-57.

Hughes, Kathleen. "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest-Gift or Threat?" Studia Liturgica 26 (1996), 113-118. Examines a variety of concerns-linguistic, ecclesiological, sacramental, ritual, pastoral, ecumenical, and sociological-about the use of "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest."

Sloyan, Gerard “On Leadership in Prayer” Worship 73, No 3 May 1999 246

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Theology

 

Part One: Hymn
Gathering Greeting / Introduction
Litany in Praise of God's Mercy
Opening Prayer
Part Two:  First Reading
Story Telling Responsorial Psalm / Meditation
Second Reading
Procession / Gospel Acclamation
Third Reading - Gospel
Homily / or Reflection on the Readings / Silence
[Dismissal of the Catechumens]
Profession of Faith
General Intercessions
Invitation / Petitions / Prayer
Part Three:
Meal Sharing
A. Set the TableBread from previous eucharist is brought to the altar
B. Grace Before Meals[Omit: Berakah
1. Name
2. Anamnesis – gratefully remember
3. Epiclesis – petition]
Prayer of Thanksgiving
C. Eat and Drink The Lord's Prayer
Sign of Peace
[Invitation to Communion
Procession / Song
Eating and Drinking
Meditation / Silence / Song
Prayer after Communion]
Part Four:Announcements
Commissioning[Collection of the Monetary Offerings of the Assembly]
Blessing / Dismissal
Song
 

 

When combined with the Liturgy of the Hours
Part One: Greeting
GatheringIntroduction
Hymn
Praise Antiphon 1 and Psalm [Psalm-prayer]
Antiphon 2 and Old Testament Canticle
Antiphon 3 and Psalm [Psalm-prayer]
Part Three:First Reading
Story TellingResponsorial Psalm / Meditation
Second Reading
Procession / Gospel Acclamation
Third Reading - Gospel
Homily / or Reflection on the Readings / Silence
Response to the Word of God.
[Dismissal of the Catechumens]
Profession of Faith
Canticle
Intercessions
Invitation / Petitions / Prayer
Part Three:
Meal Sharing
A. Set the TableBread from previous eucharist is brought to the altar
B. Grace Before Meals[Omit: Berakah
1. Name
2. Anamnesis – gratefully remember
3. Epiclesis – petition]
Prayer of Thanksgiving
C. Eat and Drink The Lord's Prayer
Sign of Peace
[Invitation to Communion
Procession / Song
Eating and Drinking
Meditation / Silence / Song
Prayer after Communion]
[or: Concluding Prayer {if no Communion}]
Part Four:Announcements
Commissioning[Collection of the Monetary Offerings of the Assembly]
Blessing / Dismissal
Song

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