You know the jokes…
What’s the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? …
You find yourself with two terrorists and liturgist and only have two bullets in your gun….
So, today I received this question:
I deeply love the liturgy and am greatly saddened at the improper celebration of it that is so common in America. I have been considering this step for some time now and have decided, through prayer, to begin looking more seriously at the possibility of actualizing it. Curious yet? I wanted to inquire about becoming a liturgist. I know, properly speaking, the job should fall to priests. However, I don’t believe that seminaries are doing the job they ought to be (I have some good evidence of this from my seminarian friends). From what I have seen there is no degree offered for liturgists, but there ought to be a field of study and a validation format so that some crazy person cannot read some books and insert their own slanted opinion of the liturgy.
I ask for two reasons, one is concern for some people who call themselves liturgists and the other is to ensure that if I pursue this desire, that I do so within orthodoxy and in line with the magisterium. Thank you for your time in reading and answering my question.
I admire your courage!
Yes, degrees are given in liturgical studies. For example, at Sant’Anselmo in Rome you can get just about any sort of training you want, good, bad or indifferent, depending on your desire to work hard and keep your head clear of some of the strangeness you are still bound to encounter.
Perhaps others would like to chime in about programs for degrees in liturgy.
In the meantime, I have often mused about the need for a new order of priests called the Rubricians. Their apostolate would be to save the world through saving the liturgy. Thus, they go forth to teach clerics and seminarians to say the black and, well.. just do the red, if you get my drift. Their habit would be a black Roman cassock, trimed in, of course, red, and with a fascia of, of course, red and a black biretta…. which could be trimmed as well.
But, in in the meantime, I suppose you can start be studying liturgy.
Learn Latin and Greek, friend, along with Itailan, French and German. Start now.