Liturgy Day 2015

Liturgy Day 2015

Chartres Cathedral, France, altar and axis mundi

Pole of the earth, Chartres Cathedral, France

to sharing communion

in the ups and downs, to and fro of liturgy:
How actions at Mass
expresses the consecration of our lives

Saturay 6 June 2015
Holy Trinity Church, Lenexa, Kansas


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The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

In baptism Christians lay down their lives in the waters and so transcend their former selves to share in the triune life of the Divine Communion.

In marriage couples lie down together and so transcend themselves in generative communion.

In religious profession and ordination people lie down prostrate and so are called to transcend their former life in the communion of religious life and in presbyteral service making the community one.

In death we are laid out once again as we await the transcendence of our mortality in divine communion.

We shall explore our experiences of lying down to be raised up in self-transcendence for sharing communion during this Liturgy Day 2015

In Mass this process is renewed by a double procession of the assembly toward the altar and of Christ coming from the altar to meet his body, and we are caught up in this encounter, a moment of self-transcendence when we share communion.


Schedule Liturgy Day 2015:

10:00-11:00      Dr. Tony Silvestri. “Pole of the Earth” in anthropology and world religions.

11:15-12:15    Fr. Daniel McCarthy, “Pole of the Earth” in liturgical action, art, architecture

lunch: sack lunch

1:15-2:15        Fr. Daniel McCarthy, double procession to encounter, sharing communion

2:30-3:15        discussion in the chapel: Fr. Daniel McCarthy, OSB and Dr. Tony Silvestri

3:30-3:50        Evening Prayer for the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – simple form


Cost: free-will offering; for certificate $50.00 paid to CRAA



A map, plan of the parish facilities and contact phone number are all available on the web-site of Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa.

The Church is located near downtown Lenexa on 92nd Street one block west of Pflumm Road.  The Parish Offices are located on the northeast corner of 92nd and Pflumm.




Chartres Cathedral altar and axis mundi - celingFr. Daniel McCarthy, OSB, SLD, is a monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, who completed a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Rome, writing on liturgical architecture. He serves as a consultant for parishes renovating or building a church. He is a guest professor of Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium for whom he teaches graduate level courses in liturgy and Latin at the Liturgy Institute, Ealing Abbey, London. His publications on the Latin language, Liturgy and on ritual, art and architecture are available at his Abbey’s  online gift shop: More information at: and and


Chartres Cathedral alatar and axis mundi - floor designDr. Tony Silvestri: Acclaimed lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri specializes in providing bespoke poetry for choral composers, especially texts in Latin, both sacred and secular. In addition to writing choral lyrics, Silvestri is also an accomplished artist/painter, specializing in replicating Medieval manuscript illumination and recreating the techniques and materials of Gothic and Renaissance panel painters and iconographers.  He is a member of the CRAA and the Catholic Fine Arts Council, and has exhibited works internationally.  He has earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Ancient and Medieval History from Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California.   He currently lives with his children in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches history at Washburn University.


Register here or just show up with a sack lunch.


Sponsored by

RCAA: Contemporary Religious Artists Association

with the support of the
Catholic Fine Arts Council
of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas


The structure of this day was developed from a homily given by Fr. James Leachman, OSB, on Good Shepherd Sunday, 26 April 2015 at Ealng Abbey, London:


in the series

Art in Service of the Church:
How Consecrated Life inspires Art
about the series


Chartres Cathedral altar and axis mundi - assumption of the virignPope Francis dedicated the year 2015 to the  “Year of Consecrated Life”.  Inspired by this papal call, we are offering a Conference with retreat for artists and friends of the art, who would like to begin to explore and deepen the way of beauty in Art and Prayer. Consecrated Life and daily prayer truly inspires us in all that we are doing.

The Conference “Art in Service of the Church” includes:

Self-transcendence to sharing communionwith Father Daniel McCarthy, OSB,

Pole of the Earth”, “Work and Life of Fra Angelico” and “Painting of a Medieval Manuscript Illumination” with Dr Tony Silvestri,

Still Life” pastel workshop with Donna Aldridge,

“Consecrated Life” with Abbot James Albers, OSB,

Iconography workshop and retreat” with the monks of St Benedict’s Abbey and Elizabeth Zeller, OFS.

“Art in Service of the Church” retreat at St. Benedict’s Abbey.

A fuller explanation of the series is available on the web-site of the Contemporary Religious Artists Assoiciation.


Image of the restored altar and axis mundi of Chartres Cathedral used with permission of Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.