Johnson, C. V. (2008). To nourish or destroy?. Pastoral Liturgy, 39 (1), 13-16.
“Good celebrations foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken and destroy it” – this statement from Music in Catholic Worship, sums up well the instinct that many people have about the relationship between liturgy and faith. Those charged with the responsibility of planning and leading liturgical celebrations hold a sacred trust – to do everything in their power to ensure that the celebrations they plan and lead are in fact ‘good’ celebrations from the perspective of the worshipping assembly whose faith can be either nourished or destroyed by those celebrations, and from the perspective of the Church which has outlined with increasing specificity in recent times, its official vision of what constitutes ‘good’ liturgical celebrations.