Fr. Michael's Liturgy Q&A
This question-and-answer column has appeared in The Visitor, the newspaper of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, since January, 2009. While I no longer teach courses in liturgy, this column invites me to share my reflections with a classroom as wide as the readership of this newspaper. I am grateful for this opportunity to write about what I have learned as a teacher and student of the liturgical "craft."
Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB
Q. In your January column you wrote about being open to different kinds of Christian worship, and you mentioned some Latino customs. Can you say something about the worship of African-American Catholics?
Q: The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is: “Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ ” This choice seems a bit baffling to me. What do you think?
Q. Why are there three different Masses for Christmas?
Q. It seems to me that of all the kinds of prayer we do at Mass — praise, thanksgiving, petition and contrition — thanksgiving has first place. Am I correct?
Q. It seems to me that some of the “All Saints” whom we celebrate on Nov. 1 are not necessarily Catholics or even Christians. Am I correct?
Attendance at this summer’s Mass of Thanksgiving at ‘Grasshopper Chapel’ was testament to the important place it holds in the spiritual heritage and Marian devotion of Catholics in Stearns County