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This collection of Table Liturgies is intended for those who wish to use a Grace before meals that recalls the meals Jesus celebrated with his followers. Some will regard them as Agapes; others will understand them as Eucharists. When we eat bread and drink wine in memory of Jesus, we are doing what he asked us to do. These liturgies have all been used by small groups of Catholics in the UK over the years and modified as necessary.
Some are very brief and ancient, such as FROM THE PSALTER and THE JEWISH BLESSINGS. Others belong to the first century of the Christian era, such as COME JESUS SAVIOUR and BROKEN BREAD. The liturgy AT TABLE, comes from the 1984 Vatican De Benedictionibus [Book of Blessings, ET 1987] and others have been written by modern-day Christians.
These liturgies therefore make heavy use of the work of others, ancient and modern, and some of these are listed in the bibliography at the end of this booklet in OTHER RESOURCES.
by Sandra Schneiders
The Vatican is at present conducting an investigation of some women’s religious orders in the United States of America and this is causing some concern. Sandra Schneiders is both a religious and a professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California. In this interesting essay she contrasts ‘ministerial’ religious life with the more restricted ‘monastic’ form of religious life and decries the attempts by the male leadership in the Vatican to control these female initiatives.
This new pamphlet by Frank Regan is now available.
Developed from a talk originally given to the Justice and Peace and CAFOD groups of the diocese of Lancaster. It is a faith-political-cultural reflection guided by the insights of the Theology of Liberation on our concerns as Christians today: the planet, peace, poverty and the person.