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TODAY’S Liturgy Lines column is the 100th I have written. To mark this milestone, I thought it might be fun to have a liturgy quiz.
Now I realise that liturgy isn’t all head stuff, but it is, as you know, the work of the people, and to do any job well, some basic knowledge in the field is necessary.
See if you can supply the 40 words or phrases that have been replaced by numbers below. If you have carefully read the last 99 columns –, as I’m sure you have – it will be a cinch!
Answers in next week’s issue.
The story of the Last Supper is found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke and also in (1) ______. These accounts provide the ritual structure of the Mass based on Jesus’ actions of (2) ______, (3) ______, (4) ______ and (5) ______ the bread and wine.
Every liturgy recalls and celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, called the (6) ______ mystery. Christ is present in the Mass in four ways: In the (7) ______, in the person of the priest, in (8) ______ and in the consecrated elements.
The liturgical books used in the celebration of Sunday Mass are the (9) ______ (the book of reading) and the (10) ______ (the book of prayers and texts). The rites of the Church are contained in various (11) ______ books.
The first reading of Mass is taken from (12) ______, except during the Easter season when sections from the book of (13) ______ are used. The second reading is always from one of the (14) ______. One of the (15) ______ from the Bible is sung or read after the first reading.
The RCIA is an acronym for the (16) ______. The RCIA is the process by which adults are brought into membership of the Catholic Christian community. Their journey of faith culminates in the sacraments of initiation – (17) ______, (18) ______ and (19) ______ – which are usually celebrated at the (20) ______. During confirmation the candidates are anointed with (21) ______ which has been consecrated by the (22) ______.
The (23) ______ is the term used to refer to the annual cycle of (24) ______ and seasons celebrated by the Church. The liturgical seasons are (25) ______, (26) ______, (27) ______, (28) ______ and (29) ______. The season of Lent which begins on (30) ______ and ends on (31) ______ has a two-fold nature – penitential and (32) ______.
The Easter (33) ______ (Latin for “three days”) refers to the annual three-day celebration of the Easter mystery. At the Easter Vigil the central symbol of light is seen in the lighting of the (34) ______ and the (35) ______. The season of Easter runs for (36) ______ days from Easter Sunday until (37) ______. This period is described as “the days for the singing of the (38) ______”.
Like Lent, Advent has a two-fold character. It is a season to prepare for celebrating Christ’s birth and also a time when we focus on Christ’s (39) ______.
The Christmas season runs from December 25 until the (40) ______.