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An Experience of Ritual and Catechesis

Various authors including Michael Ruzicki and Victoria M. Tufano

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Catholic liturgy is a rich language composed of music, spoken word, silence, symbols, signs, postures, gestures, and ritual actions. Each of these elements serves to open our hearts, minds, and bodies to the presence of God, allowing us to deepen our participation in the mystery we celebrate. This resource will help participants explore the various elements of the liturgy.

Give groups in your parish a reverent, artful, and interactive experience of the symbols of the liturgy followed by time to reflect on their meaning. The symbols—common things of nature and human craft—such as water, candlelight, oil, book, and cross, are the very language through which we encounter the mysteries of our faith, and they cannot be understood through words alone.

Signs and Symbols of the Liturgy will help parishes break open the signs and symbols of the liturgy in their most basic forms. It explains how to prepare a ritual and catechetical experience of the signs and symbols in which participants can interact with the symbols as they are presented, one by one.

This resource includes:

  • Instructions for gathering and training a team, arranging an appropriate space, selecting music, and rehearsing the choreography
  • A video to show you how the experience looks and sounds
  • Commentary on the video to advise you on the nuances of delivering an artful and reverent experience 
  • Scripts with the poetic texts
  • Checklists of items needed
  • Diagrams of room arrangements
  • A promotional flyer
  • Reflection questions and advice for helping participants process their encounter


It is a wonderful resource for catechists and liturgists to use with Christian initiation groups, sacramental preparation sessions, adult formation programs, youth group meetings, and retreats for liturgical ministers.

Michael Ruzicki, Victoria M. Tufano, D. Todd Williamson, and Terry Navarro contributed to this resource.

"As a pastor and director of a diocesan Office of Worship, I am always looking for resources to help assemblies celebrate more fully. The interactive nature of the experiences in this book and the meditative flow of the presentation of the symbols allow each symbol to impact the participants in a profound way. This resource will provide engaging liturgical catechesis for a variety of audiences."

—Fr. John Sauer, Pastor, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Owatonna, MN Director for the Office of Worship, Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Winona, MN)

"Signs and Symbols of the Liturgy will help Catholics open their senses and reflect deeply on how the simple gifts of creation combine with Scripture and ritual to convey God’s saving grace in our worship."

—Val Keller, retired pastoral assistant for faith formation, St. Benedict Catholic Church, Seattle

"You hold in your hands a liturgical resource with capacity to transform the way the faithful experience and live out the liturgy."

—Dean Daniels, director, Office for Worship, Archdiocese of Milwaukee