Gifts That We Bring
The ministry of the Archbishop as the Moderator of the Liturgical Life in the parishes and missions of the Archdiocese of Anchorage is extended by the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission.
The Liturgical Commission, through the Office of Evangelization and Worship, is responsible for:
- Implementation of universal and particular norms for the Roman Rite
- Direction and preparation of all Episcopal Liturgies
- Formation and education of Liturgical Ministers
Liturgy is how Catholics begin to Evangelize. Liturgy begins with Welcome and Hospitality. Liturgy encourages and enables Transformation because it is Paschal, Ecclesial and Sacramental.
The mission of the Office of Evangelization and Worship is to assist the pastors / pastoral directors and parishes of the Archdiocese in matters pertaining to liturgical preparation, celebration and evaluation, including liturgical ministries, liturgical music, art and environment, and liturgical spirituality.
In addition, the Office serves as liturgical consultant to the Archbishop, and assists in the preparation and celebration of major archdiocesan liturgical celebrations, including the Rite of Election, the Mass of Chrism, and ordination liturgies.
Fundamentally, the goal of the Office is to deepen the awareness of our identity as a eucharistic people [a church gathered around its bishop], and to encourage the expression of the paschal mystery in daily life as Disciples in Mission.
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- The Daily Office - Morning & Evening Prayer
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- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
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- Kateri Tekakwitha
- Centering Prayer
- Liturgy and Life
- Proverb A Day
- Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions: FDLC
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium
"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. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made children of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord's supper.
"The liturgy in its turn moves the faithful, filled with 'the paschal sacraments,' to be 'one in holiness'; it prays that 'they may hold fast in their lives to what they have grasped by their faith'; the renewal in the eucharist of the covenant between the Lord and man draws the faithful into the compelling love of Christ and sets them on fire. From the liturgy, therefore, and especially from the eucharist, as from a font, grace is poured forth upon us; and the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God, to which all other activities of the Church are directed as toward their end, is achieved in the most efficacious possible way.
"But in order that the liturgy may be able to produce its full effects, it is necessary that the faithful come to it with proper dispositions, that their minds should be attuned to their voices, and that they should cooperate with divine grace lest they receive it in vain. Pastors of souls must therefore realize that, when the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observation of the laws governing valid and licit celebration; it is their duty also to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effects.
"The spiritual life, however, is not limited solely to participation in the liturgy. The Christian is indeed called to pray with his brethren, but he must also enter into his chamber to pray to the Father, in secret; yet more, according to the teaching of the Apostle, he should pray without ceasing. We learn from the same Apostle that we must always bear about in our body the dying of Jesus, so that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodily frame. This is why we ask the Lord in the sacrifice of the Mass that, 'receiving the offering of the spiritual victim,' he may fashion us for himself 'as an eternal gift.'
"Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people' (1 Pet. 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.
In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit; and therefore pastors of souls must zealously strive to achieve it, by means of the necessary instruction, in all their pastoral work.
—The Second Vatican Council, Consitution on the Sacred Liturgy