Rebecca Hill has a deep passion and love for the liturgy and specifically for the Art and Environment ministry. Well before she knew what Art and Environment was, she found herself drawn to liturgists who had a love and talent for creating liturgical environments. She placed these mentors in her life to guide and develop her talents, which are an answer to God’s call for her to serve Him and the Church. Today she relies on those talents for enhance the liturgy in her local parish and archdioceses by glorifying God, increasing joy and unifying the church through the liturgical environment. Rebecca now mentors others to do the same.
Rebecca is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Houston, TX. She is married to Jim and they have 4 children.
ABOUT ART AND ENVIRONMENT
Art and Environment (A&E) is a name given to the liturgical ministry which has to do with, well, just about anything that you see during liturgy. Each parish may have a different scope of responsibilities for this ministry. That scope may include everything from the candle stands to the corporals, from the flowers to the font, from archways to the ambo and all that lies between. Or, it may just be ordering or arranging flowers each week, watering the plants and cleaning the sanctuary.
This committee is most often associated with, and busy with, the seasonal decorations that accompany the liturgical seasons of the Church year. Built of Living Stone- Art, Architecture and Worship, 2000, says of seasonal decorations: 123 “The tradition of decorating or not decorating the church for liturgical seasons and feasts heightens the awareness of the festive, solemn, or penitential nature of these seasons. Human minds and hearts are stimulated by the sounds, sights and fragrances of liturgical seasons, which combine to create powerful, lasting impressions of the rich and abundant graces unique to each of the seasons.”
A&E’s purpose is to teach, attract, move the heart, touch the soul, prepare for worship and express sacred realities. It is reflective of the Church’s response to God’s call. It is our form of worship-the prayer of the people.