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Posted July 10, 2004

Book: Liturgical Gestures, Words, Objects
Selected from Assembly in honor of Mark Searle
Edited by Eleanor Bernstein, CSJ
Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, Notre Dame, IN, pp. 54

An Excerpt from the Introduction:

This collection of poetic reflections explores the ways in which the liturgy invites our participation, concentrating in particular upon the gestures and actions common to all the faithful. The approach is neither scriptural, nor historical, nor strictly speaking anthropological. Instead, we invited the writers believers to reflect upon their engagement in various liturgical actions and suggest briefly what these meant to them. What they offer is not information but meditation. This approach respects the nature of liturgical gesture as symbolic activity: activity which reveals a wealth of meaning, but whose significance is best caught by hints and intimations rather than by systematic expose.

An Excerpt from the book:
Kneeling
ME knelen, fr OE eneowlian; akin to OE eneow knee

The wrestler, forced to his knees. . .
The lover, proposing on his knees. . .
The plaintiff, going down on her knees. . .
The victim, flinging herself to her knees. . .
The visionary, dropping to his knees. . .
The beggar, groveling on her knees. . .
The loyal subject, falling to her knees. . .
The loser, brought to his knees. . .
The worshiper, taking to his knees. . .

. . .before our God, we are all of these
Mark Searle

Table of Contents:

Liturgical Gestures
Gathering
Genuflecting
Knelling
Folded hands
Processing
Sign of the cross
Beating the breast
Sitting
Keeping silent
Singing
Watching
Standing
Threefold signing
Carrying
Outstretched arms
Sign of peace
Communing
Bowing
Leaving

Ritual Dialogue
In the name of the Father
The Lord be with you
Let us pray
Lord have mercy
This is the Word of God
Alleluia
May the Lord accept this sacrifice
Lift up your hearts
Holy, Holy, Holy
Do this in memory
Let us proclaim the mystery of
Amen
Our Father
Peace be with you
Lamb of God
Lord I am not worthy
The body of Christ
Bow your heads
Go in peace

Liturgical Objects
Bell
Door
Cross
Chair
Vesture
Book
Ambo
Ashes
Fire
Paschal candle
Water
Font
Oil and Chrism
Altar table
Tablecloth
Candles
Flowers
Cup and plate
Bread and wine
Communion cups
Incense