All liturgical ministry is rooted in hospitality and welcoming
‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you
gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy: School of Prayer, Source of Life, Goffredo Boselli, (Liturgical Press, 2014)
This e-book provides a comprehensive insight into liturgical spirituality, a spirituality that "allows the liturgy to become the source of the spiritual life." The book explores a breadth of topics such as the role of the liturgy in the life of the church, liturgy and love for the poor, and the way liturgy transmits the faith.
The book develops and uses a method to meditate upon, understand and internalise the mystery of the liturgy until it becomes a part of personal prayer. The method, known as Mystagogy, has been used over the centuries since originally developed by the ancient church and is an important part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
At the heart of liturgical spirituality is Christ's welcoming. In a concluding reflection on the origins and purpose of liturgy, the author cites Cardinal Godfried Danneels:
Often the liturgy becomes a school. We want it to do everything. Rather, it must remain a symbolic and playful activity. The true liturgy is celebrated in monasteries. There, at least, it does not serve any other purpose! It is not catechesis and the homilies are short. It consists in the hearty welcoming of Christ through the liturgical action. The soul and the body are captured, even when the intellect has not understood everything.
Forming Liturgical Ministers in Hospitality, Barbara Guenther (Pastoral Liturgy, 2014)
This article from the Journal Pastoral Liturgy highlights the distinction between the Hospitality of Ministry and the narrower perspective of a Ministry of Hospitality. It explains how all liturgical ministry is ministry of hospitality - from ushers and greeters to acolytes and cantors. Highly recommended.
Hospitality is Everyone's Responsibility, Elizabeth Harrington, (Liturgy Lines, Liturgy Brisbane)
This article further explores the nature of hospitality and welcoming in liturgical ministry.
Ministers of Hospitality, Powerful Points - Unit 6, Liturgy Brisbane
This Ministry Training Resource Digital Download is the curriculum resource for the Diocese's Liturgical Ministry Training in Hospitality. Highly Recommended.