Senior Matthew Brawley's Student Reflection- Mass Without Walls May 5, 2013
In the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, we read, "Nevertheless the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows."
Inspired by the Mission of the University and the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the CENTER FOR WORSHIP, in collaboration with the other Centers is called to celebrate the faith-life of the Villanova community by making the Gospel come alive through ritual and worship. Our mission is to invite and gather all who seek God, while sending them forth having been nourished within the community of believers to serve the Lord and one another.
"The Eucharist is bread on which the faithful is fed daily, as the Lord's Prayer teaches, thanks to this food, they become members of the Body of Christ."--St. Augustine, Sermon 227
- We support and actively participate in the educational mission of the University by training leaders who will go out into the world and Church as active members of the Body of Christ.
- We assist the University Community in ritualizing our life on campus through various services recalling our Augustinian identity and heritage in conjunction with the mission of the University.
- We are uniquely responsible for the training of Liturgical Ministers, the implementation of weekly and University-wide liturgies according to our Catholic tradition while reaching out to people of all faith traditions within the University Community.
- We care for and maintain the sacred spaces entrusted to the Center for Worship, ensuring that they are used reverently.
For more information about our Liturgical Ministry Program, please explore the links on the right.
"In the body of Christ, there exists a wonderful variety of ministries, which are especially evident when we gather around the altar to worship God. By virtue of our baptism in Christ, some of us are called to serve as ministers in the Eucharistic assembly."--Book of Blessings
It becomes our task to offer training each year to those who desire to deepen their experience of the Liturgy by active participation.
Applications for new liturgical ministers are accepted at the beginning of each semester of each academic year. Training for new ministers occurs once each semester at a designated time and is mandatory for all those who desire to serve as a liturgical ministers. New ministers are commissioned after training at the beginning of the following semester.
The ministry of the assembly is the primary ministry of the Liturgy. This ministry calls each person at Mass to fully celebrate the Liturgy, with the gathered community, through prayer and song.