The Archdiocese of Manila recently announced the series of lectures and seminars:
SEMINAR ON THE GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL
"As part of the continuing formation we provide to our lay collaborators in the liturgical ministry, the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission is organizing a two-day Seminar on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal for our Parish Liturgical Masters of Ceremonies. The program of formation will include a discussion of the history, theology, pastoral considerations and liturgical directives on the celebration of the Eucharist. The said seminar will be held on March 6 and 13, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Arzobispado de Manila.
Considering the great help of the Parish MC’s in ensuring order and solemnity in our liturgical celebrations, it is important that they undergo on-going formation for their growth in knowledge and commitment. We encourage every parish to send participants to the seminar. We request the participants to bring a recommendation letter signed by their respective Parish Priests.
Seminar fee will be PhP 150.00 per day inclusive of the handouts."
LITURGY CONFERENCE ON THE LITURGY OF HOLY WEEK AND EASTER TRIDUUM
" In response to the requests of many of our brother priests and in our desire to assist you towards a meaningful preparation this Lenten season, the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission is organizing a liturgy conference with the topic THE LITURGY OF HOLY WEEK AND EASTER TRIDUUM. The study session will deal with the history, theology and pastoral considerations of these annual celebrations. [Through the interpretations of.... drum roll please!]
The conference will be held on March 8, 2010, nine o’clock (9:00) to eleven thirty (11:30) in the morning at Bahay Pari, San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex. Rev. Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB, [TADAAN!!!!] present Director of the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy, will be our resource speaker.
Let us take advantage of this opportunity to update ourselves [there you have it brothers and sisters! aggiornamento 1969! Are these people under hibernation for a long time or what?] and deepen our knowledge [these "liturgists" claim that the pre-Conciliar are too cerebral so they "made" a liturgy that we can all understand. Now, why do we need something like this to deepen our "knowledge"?] in the liturgy so that “the great mystery of our Redemption be celebrated in the best possible way” [best possible way...hmmm...sounds like inculturation to me!] and that our people “may participate in it with greater spiritual advantage” (Paschalis Solemnitatis, [sic]no. 5).
Is it really for "updating"?
Is it really a sort of "refresher course"?
How many priests in fact asked for this?
Or is it a desperate attempt to curtail the liturgical renewal of Pope Benedict XVI starting with Summorum Pontificum, then with the new translations of the Romal Missal?
Can't help it...