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Liturgical Catechesis

“A living parish is a place to meet the living Jesus Christ.”

“A living parish church is a place to meet the living Jesus Christ.”

“A living parish priest is an instrument to meet the living Jesus Christ.”

“A living parish community is a place where Catechists lead people to meet the living Jesus Christ.”

“A living Liturgy is the place to meet the living Jesus Christ.”

The parish and its church through the parish priest and the faithful are the heart and soul of our spiritual lives.

Our church, our parish, our faith is liturgical. We are a liturgical church! We must discover what this actually means.

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Historically, our church in Ukraine was built in the centre of the village. The local faithful lived the liturgical life of the church. There were services morning, noon and evening. People attended regularly. There were matins, Divine Liturgy, hours, and vespers. All this on top of private prayers at home. If we were still living in this kind of church today, then we would not need the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission nor Catechists or Catechetical material. We would still however need a parish priest and a bishop. That world does not exist in Ukraine and in the diaspora today.

Most people do not attend church every day or even on each Sunday. We do access our success as a church by the number of people who appear in church on Sunday or Church holidays. It seems that the fewer people who show up in church indicate that we must evangelise and catechise more.

Today in the Catechetical field, we do emphasise that the parish itself as an entity is in itself a Catechist. All of us together as a parish family are collectively an instrument to pass on our faith to those who come in contact within the parish.

It seems that the fewer people who show up in church indicate that we must evangelise and catechise more.

While we no longer go to church three times a day, the importance of the role of the church and its liturgies has not changed.

The role of the Liturgy and life of the parish as teachers or agents of the transmission of the faith must be re-examined and restored or removed.

Each one of our church buildings are built and decorated in such a way to represent our faith’s journey. The prayer and the faith of each parishioner is the church is itself an agent of faith as well. They both become Catechists in themselves. The only reason we teach our Catechism is to build the listeners faith so that they might come to the church in faith for prayer.

The church is the place where our Body and Soul join physically with the Body and Blood of the Eucharist; Jesus Christ Himself. This is where we come to experience what it will be like in heaven for eternity. Eternity after life on earth is the sole purpose of our Catechesis.

The only reason we teach our Catechism is to build the listeners faith so that they might come to the church in faith for prayer.

Our church is an image of heaven itself. Our liturgy is a celebration of our heavenly aspirations. The parish priest is the guide which leads us to the fulfilment of this heavenly plan for us.

Every Catechist must utilize the parish church as a place to learn this experience.

Our churches are built in such a way as to remind us of our personal journey towards heaven. There are three parts to our churches, the entrance, the main body of the church and the sanctuary. Every person is an icon of God, a mirror of God, a child of God. That is why there are never any icons on the walls of church up to the level of a person. When people look at us, while we are standing in church, they should all see an image of God in us. Above that line are found images from scripture and the saints. Then there is the sanctuary which begins with the iconostas, which has the icons of Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, the Last Supper, the prophets, and others.

In the sanctuary is the altar on which the Eucharist is celebrated. We enter the church from the world and journey towards unity with Christ.

Everyone needs to and wants to meet the living God who can give them peace of heart, joy of life and the assurance that God is with them.

The biggest part of the church is the middle part. This is where the people are. The centre dome has the icon of the Christ Pantocrator, “The Ruler of all”. This huge icon depicts Christ looking on His people as they live their lives below. There we are baptised, receive the Holy Eucharist or Chrismated, are married, are ordained, are forgiven, and are buried. Our life journey takes place under God’s loving care.

The church is where we hear the word of God, meet our neighbours, and meet Christ Himself.

Catechists use the church building in our journey to faith.

Our children and adults meet God in prayer. We help them understand the liturgy. The language we use must be understood by them. We need to sing, to express the beauty of our tradition. There is life in our parish.

Everyone needs to and wants to meet the living God who can give them peace of heart, joy of life and the assurance that God is with them.

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