Thursday Jun 21,2018


The word Liturgy comes from a Greek composite word leitourgia which originally meant a public duty, a service to the state by a citizen. Its elements are leitos meaning public, and ergo meaning to do. From this we have leitourgos, the liturgist"a one who performs a public duty". I have organized my presentation in three parts.

  1. The Meaning of Liturgy
  2. The role of Chaplain as Liturgist
  3. Chaplaincy at Christ College

The Meaning of Liturgy
The word liturgy is understood differently. Some would see it as all the divine services of the church performed by a minister of the Church. Here in this presentation I rely on a wider meaning of the word Liturgy. Liturgy to me includes any form of worship and the pastoral care that the members of the community do to glorify God. In this sense the Liturgy is a public duty of the Church in terms of celebration and commitment. Liturgy, the worship of the church is an anamnesis, a celebration of the community and praxis the commitment of the community for brining about the reign of God, a better and humane world. In this presentation, the Eucharistic celebration stands for the thanksgiving celebration. It includes the sharing on the Word of God, Worship and intercessions, etc.

The early church had very well understood the communication and social dimension and significance of worship and breaking of the bread. The early Christian communities gathered around the apostles, shared their joys and sorrows, successes and persecutions in witnessing the Lord and kept alive the presence of the lord by breaking the bread and sharing. It is the occasional gathering and breaking and sharing of the bread that amazed the people of other faith. It was their communion that attracted them in to the disciple’s community. The life based on love and sharing was a prerequisite for the celebration of the breaking of the bread. This is very clear from the corrective St. Paul gives to the Corinthian community. The worship had no meaning and significance, if it was not for building an egalitarian community. The Eucharistic meal/the breaking of the bread symbolised equality and fraternity of all. These values established by Eucharistic communion was the sole identity of Christian community. The early Christianity was a dynamic movement for the liberation, an acceptable abode of the poor, the slaves and the less privileged ones of human kind into the freedom and dignity of the children of God.Every Christian celebration is a challenge to the Christian faithful to realize the many splendid dimensions and deeper insights of Eucharist. Every celebration would have something important to tell us for the current world situation.

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