2017 Orlando Liturgical Conference – August 24-26, 2017 Orlando Airport Marriott
The Orlando Liturgical Conference is committed to evangelize, inspire, form and educate diverse liturgical ministers. Liturgy in Action: Encountering Christ, the 2017 Conference, will focus on the art of accompaniment as it relates to encountering Christ in the liturgy.
“In a culture paradoxically suffering from anonymity and at the same time obsessed with the details of other people’s lives, shamelessly given over to morbid curiosity, the Church must look more closely and sympathetically at others whenever necessary. In our world, ordained ministers and other pastoral workers can make present the fragrance of Christ’s closeness and his personal gaze. The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life” (Evangelii Gaudium, 169).
Given these words of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, it would seem that the celebration of the sacred liturgy would be a “privileged time” to “remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other.” As we seek communion with the triune God in worship we accompany one another joining together as a fragrant offering united in Christ to the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.
- What does this accompaniment look like as we celebrate the sacred liturgy? In the gathering of God’s people? In the person of the minister? In the Word of God proclaimed? In the sharing of the Sacred Meal of Christ’s Body and Blood?
- What does this accompaniment look like in relation to Liturgical Ministry?
- How does liturgy affirm and empower us to accompany each other outside of the liturgy?
Join us as we journey together and seek to discover answers to these questions. Be inspired by acclaimed keynote speakers, breakout sessions designed for clergy and every liturgical minister, time for communal prayer, and time to gather together to celebrate the “art of accompaniment” with one another.
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