SINGAPORE - When Fathers J.J. Fenelon and Rene Nicolas spoke on the liturgy at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in early November, about 200 Catholics attended. This was a number that far exceeded the expectations of the IHM organisers.

Their talks on the same topic at other churches - Holy Cross, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and Holy Spirit - were also generally well attended.

Both Fathers, who are from the Singapore Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission, encouraged lay Catholics to understand Liturgy better to fully participate in every Mass but cautioned against getting too caught up in the rubrics of Liturgy and neglect the spirit of being Christ-centred.

"It is important for us to realise that the Mass is a liturgical operation. There is order, there is form… [it provides] a sense of solidarity to show unity of the people who have come to worship God," Father J.J. said, then asked the audience to imagine the chaos if every one decided to worship God in their own ways at Mass.

"The Mass does not belong to you but to the church... We are Catholics, we have one faith and we have the responsibility to demonstrate that faith in the same manner," Father Rene elaborated.

Father Rene added that it is important that the laity be educated on the significance of the Liturgy because "simply telling them to obey certain rituals will not help them to accept Liturgy as there is a lack of understanding."

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