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Liturgical Catechesis and Liturgical Prayer

Liturgical catechesis prepares for the sacraments by promoting a deeper understanding and experience of the liturgy. This explains the contents of the prayers, the meaning of the signs and gestures, educates to active paricipation, contemplation and silence. It must be regarded as an "eminent kind of catechesis"  (General Directory for Catechesis 71).

To be effective and to create connections to the Mass, the "source and summit" of all that we are as Catholics, catechetical programs should include age-appropriate  

  • Catechesis on  liturgical symbols connecting them to basic human experience and to their liturgical importance
  • Reference to the sources of the liturgy in Scripture, Creed, Tradition and Church history
  • Connection to the liturgical year through seasonal prayer environment and lectionary readings in catechetical sessions
  • Celebration of the Mass, Baptisms, Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation as a catechetical community whenever possible
  • Formation on the role of the Assembly at Mass - external and internal participation
  • Enthusiastic, authentic presentation of the liturgy, the result of catechists's exposure to liturgical and spiritual formation and participation in the liturgical life of the parish

Resources                               

Resources 
How to Get More Out of the Mass (By Putting More of Yourself In)  
Liturgical Catechesis and Prayer handout
Holy Week Family Activity Outline  Kristi Quinlan LEAVEN article, Winter 2017
Holy Week Family Take-Home Resource   Kristi Quinlan LEAVEN article, Winter 2017

Videos
Praying with Children series (Apostleship of Prayer)

Essential Websites
USCCB Prayer and Worship Reources
USCCB Sacramental Catechesis Resources
Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions Catechesis on the Liturgy
Ministry and Liturgy Magazine online resources
Pastoral Liturgy Magazine online resources
The Liturgical Catechist, a curated resource website