The theme for the 2015 Orlando Liturgical Conference will be “Liturgy in Action: Glorifying the Lord by your Life.” This theme was selected by the Diocese of Orlando Offices of Liturgy and Music after careful consultation with a core committee of parish liturgical leaders, including clergy, pastoral musicians, pastoral liturgists as well as coordinators for various liturgical ministers such as lectors, hospitality ministers, sacristans, and those responsible for liturgical environment preparation and the various rites of the Church.
The goal of the Orlando Liturgical Conference, which will take place August 20- 22, 2015 Orlando Airport Marriott, is to celebrate and highlight what has been achieved and what has yet to be achieved in order to move closer to the ideal of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy that “full and active participation [in the liturgy] by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christians spirit” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 14).
With much input from our parish leadership, particular topics have emerged as the focus for the 2015 Orlando Liturgical Conference.
- Pope Francis has placed a renewed emphasis on hospitality,
- Hospitality is a multifaceted concept which encompasses not only how we relate with fellow Christians but all people whom God is seeking to be in relationship with. Acknowledging that God is seeking others to enter into relationship with is a necessary presupposition to welcoming others.
- Hospitality is most effective when those who prepare the liturgy are well formed both spiritually and in the tasks to be performed. An emphasis on the formation of liturgical leaders and ministers is paramount to achieve the wider goal of effective hospitality.
- To this end the Orlando Liturgical Conference will devote a considerable amount of time to address formation for clergy, parish ministers, and parish liturgical leaders. Hospitality also concerns one’s inner disposition toward welcoming others and helping them encounter Christ. Throughout our keynote presentations and our practical breakout sessions this spirit of hospitality and evangelization will be a guiding principle.
Liturgy & Life
- Liturgy is the source and summit or source and font.
- There is a connection between liturgical celebrations and day to day life (particularly the role of the family and the domestic church as it relates to the wider Christian community and liturgical life).
- Sessions will be devoted to making the connection between what we celebrate at liturgy and how we live our lives from day to day.
- The notion of Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi, (which means the law of prayer is the law of belief is the law of living) will be explored in order to relate what and how we pray to how our beliefs are formed and strengthened and so effect how we live our lives.
- We seek to honor and respect the cultural diversity of our people.
- A Multigenerational approach to the celebration of the liturgy is important in order to “pass on the faith. We seek to nurture and inspire new generations of liturgical ministers.
- We “evangelize” our young people when they are invited into liturgical ministry. Not on a surface level but at an integral level, in what might be considered apprenticeship or mentoring.
- The actualization of “full, conscious, active participation includes young people and children.
- There will be several sessions devoted to working with young people and children in liturgical formation and helping young people develop as future leaders.
- Multicultural celebration in the diocese of Orlando is a part of who we are as the Church of Central Florida.
- Formation and training among the many cultures of our diocese as expressed in their liturgical practices will be addressed in an effort assist all the people of the diocese to worship in spirit and in truth according to their customs.
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