Synod Summary

Zenit has the synod’s final address to the world. There are some general pieces about liturgy. Section 7 deals with preaching and catechesis. Let’s take a look first at the two movements of preaching:

Preaching, catechesis and the homily therefore presuppose a reading and understanding, an explaining and interpreting, an involvement of the mind and of the heart. Thus in preaching a dual movement is achieved. With the first, one goes back to the roots of the sacred texts, the events, the first words of the history of salvation, to understand them in their meaning and in their message. With the second movement, one returns to the present, to the today lived by those who hear and read, always with Christ in mind, who is the guiding light destined to unite the Scriptures. This is what Jesus himself did – as has already been said – in his journey to Jerusalem in Emmaus with two of his disciples.

I like these comments, especially the balanced approach needed to blend history with the present. The Emmaus encounter is later framed as the icon of good liturgy. If you’ve been following the synod, you’ll know this would be, perhaps, the key Scripture passage of the event.

Two Vatican constitutions are quoted:

“The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerates the body of the Lord, since, especially in the sacred liturgy, she unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life from the table both of God’s word and of Christ’s body” (DV 21). Therefore, “the liturgy of the word and the eucharistic liturgy, are so closely connected with each other that they form but one single act of worship” (SC 56), and this must be brought back to the center of Christian life.

“The center of Christian life,” what would this mean? That Catholic devotion to the Eucharist is the level on which we should revere the Word?

I confess my disappointment in not reading more specific material on the Mass. The close connection could be brought out with additional reform to the Roman Rite. Specifically, we would benefit from a three-year cycle in presidential prayers better harmonized to the Lectionary. It may also be time to give the Lectionary a good fine-tuning. The semi-continuous reading of Paul’s letters on Sundays could be looked at.

Section 9 is good, looking at the role of Scripture on the spiritual life, promoting the Divine Office, word services, and the practice of Lectio Divina.

Too bad they didn’t take the daily blog idea more seriously. But they did mention the internet in a litany of 21st century communication options:

(T)he voice of the divine word must echo even through the radio, the information highway of the internet, the channels of “on line” virtual circulation, CDs, DVDs, podcasts, etc. It must appear on all television and movie screens, in the press, and in cultural and social events.

The blog idea for the pope is brilliant. I hope something serious comes of it.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Synod Summary

  1. Blog idea…new media/Web 2.0 is almost post-blog at this point, although I certainly love blogging!

    Had my book on church communications been scheduled for only four months later, I would’ve had an entire chapter on these important ways of building community. Although talking about these tactics wins me some very strange looks.

    Either the priest has no idea what I’m talking about, or dismisses all this stuff as something that evangelical Protestants do.

    Don’t think we can wait 400-1000 years to hop on this rocket!

  2. Chase says:

    It’s also very noteworthy that the Synod overwhelmingly passed a proposal for the formal admission of women to the ministry of Lector. A very positive step forward! It will be very exciting to see how this Synod bears fruit within (and without) the Church!

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