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April 14, 2000 Issue
Renew 2000

Jerusalem experience shows wisdom of bread and wine

Upcoming Renew sessions for liturgists will focus on the Communion rite


By Diann Wimmer

In Jerusalem, bread is life and wine is precious. During a summer class in Jerusalem, I learned a lot about bread and wine. For breakfast each morning we had coffee and bread; for lunch, tomatoes and bread; and for dinner, a wedge of cheese or a thin slice of meat and bread. Except for bread, the meals were lean.

The words of Jesus came alive: "I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever." In Jerusalem, bread is life.

Water in Israel is at a premium. On the first day of summer school the instructors gave us canteens with directions to drink often. Most Americans took one taste of the water and decided no more.

That prompted a talk on the symptoms and results of dehydration. So after a diet of Israel's water we came to cherish the bottle of wine at the dinner table. The words of the Eucharistic prayer rang true: >From the many gifts you have given us, we offer to you, God of glory and majesty, the cup of salvation. (EP-I) For us the wine was salvation for both body and soul. It was a sign of the new wine of the kingdom.

As the weeks passed, it became clear why Jesus chose bread and wine rather than fish, olives and figs. Everyone seated at the Lord's table knew from experience that bread and wine was their lifeline. How meaningful for Jesus to say: "I myself am the bread of life. No one who comes to me shall ever be hungry. No one who believes in me shall ever thirst" (Jn 6:35).

During Season V of Renew 2000, the people of the Green Bay Diocese are invited to reflect on their reception of the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. (EP-I) The presenting team for the liturgy preparation for the final season of Renew 2000 will address the Communion Rite and the Concluding Rite of the Mass.

The evening will begin by recalling the bread stories of God's generosity. Following prayer there will be a demonstration and a discussion of the unifying factors of the Communion Rite: the music, the procession and the posture and gesture of the assembly.

The group also will consider recipes for bread and wine, use of the tabernacle during the Communion Rite, the Communion procession, procedures for Eucharistic ministers, receiving of both kinds, hygiene, blessing of children and using names of communicants.

St. Paul's recommendations for respect and reverence will be considered: When you meet for the Meal, wait for one another (1Cor11:33). And everyone is to recollect himself and herself before eating this bread and drinking this cup (1Cor.11:28).

There will be handouts on the directives of the Sacramentary, some of the significant questions about the Rites, Proclamations, and suggested introductions before the Masses during Season V.

The presenting team for Season V workshops includes Pat DeGroot, Karen Dorn, Brenda Korinek, Linda Patzke, Judy Paul, Colleen Schmitt, Diann Wimmer and Frs. James Baraniak, Bill Barta and Thomas Pomeroy.

Brochures with registration for the free workshop were mailed in late March. Workshops will be from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on these dates and parishes:

-- Tuesday, May 2, St. Norbert College Campus Church, DePere;

-- Thursday, May 4, St. Hyacinth, Antigo;

-- Monday, May 8, Holy Innocents, Manitowoc;

-- Tuesday, May 9, St. Raphael, Oshkosh.

(Wimmer is diocesan director of Worship.)



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