Parishes should be prepared for the celebration of the liturgy of the hours. SC and the General Introduction to the Liturgy of the Hours (see the sidebar; GILH) both suggest it as part of a parish’s palette of liturgical prayer.
368. The celebration of the office for the dead requires careful preparation, especially in the case of communities that may not be familiar with the liturgy of the hours. Pastors and other ministers should provide catechesis on the place and significance of the liturgy of the hours in the life of the Church and the purpose of the celebration of the office for the dead. They should also encourage members of the parish community to participate in the celebration as an effective means of prayer for the deceased, as a sign of their concern and support for the family and close friends, and as a sign of faith and hope in the paschal mystery. This catechesis will help ensure the full and active participation of the assembly in the celebration of the office for the dead.
Just two things here. First, a summary of why liturgical participation is important:
- an effective means of prayer for the deceased
- a sign of concern and support for the mourners
- a sign of faith and hope in the paschal mystery
These reasons, by the way, extend to the importance of “full and active” participation in the Sunday Mass.
And a side comment: it takes more than the imparting of knowledge. Catechesis here implies formation; in part, a learn-by-doing approach to liturgical experience.