by Pat Travis
At the annual gathering of the priests of the Hallam Diocese in October 2018 the speaker was Tom O’Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theology at Nottingham University. Tom gave the priests of the Diocese Six Simple Steps which could go some way to achieving Vatican II’s vision in our celebration of the Eucharist. Today we take a look at steps 3 and 4. To read the whole article click on the link above.
Step 3: Stop ringing bells
There is an infamous description of Catholic worship as being impossible to understand but “supported by bells and smells!” We need to be aware that some things seem to survive in some churches even when they have lost their meaning – and bells are among them.
Step 4: Provide the cup to all
We must not allow ourselves to forget the command of Christ that we should eat and drink. The command is addressed to us all and not just to priests. (I look forward to the time when this is once again possible, post pandemic.)