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Title: The nature and function of the leader in liturgy
Authors: Degabriele, Paul (1997)
Keywords: Catholic Church -- Liturgy
Catholic Church -- Doctrines
Issue Date: 1997
Citation: Degabriele, P. (1997). The nature and function of the leader in liturgy (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: I always considered liturgy as a waste of ceremoniousness. I could never understand why the priest used ritual. However, during my studies in religion I began to comprehend the relation of ritual to life, and discovered that liturgy was alive. I came across Martimort the liturgist, who had explored most of the topics of liturgy, with the exception of one, namely that of the leader. My life has been connected with leadership, since I have had the opportunity of becoming head of a family, president of the third order of the Franciscans, head of the English Department in state secondary schools, tour leader and head of school. During the term of these responsibilities I discovered that the leader could change character and help it acquire skills. I was also interested in Eastern Religions, and their effect on mind and body, under the effect of the leader. I was struck by an article by the French liturgist P. De Clerck, who claims that "it is a surprising fact that until recently theologians have hardly been interested at all in reflecting on the role of presiding at liturgical assemblies". The latter goes on to discuss the role of president. This made my choice of study, which materialised into this dissertation. So I studied the role of the leader in liturgy in the Old and new Testament, Patristic times and the Middle Ages, during the Protestant Reformation, Trent, Vatican Council I, Vatican Council II and during John Paul Il's era. I prefer the word leader to president, because the president just sits over and chairs the ceremony whereas the leader leads the assembly in the most active and dynamic way. I consider my contribution on the leader as something completely new in liturgy. My conclusion on the triangle of liturgy is not only original but most viable.
Description: B.A.RELIGIOUS STUD.
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