‘Count your Blessings!’ The Interpretive Potential of Sacramental Theology for Everyday Ritualizations around Food




Louis-Marie Chauvet, sacramental theology, liturgical theology, ordinary practices of ritualizing around food, Dutch TV programme


In this article, the authors explore the yield of a sacramental lens on extra-ecclesial ritualizations around food in contemporary Dutch ‘secularized’ culture. In an effort to explore the scope of sacramental theology beyond the liturgical ritual of the Eucharist/Holy Communion, they conclude that sacramental theology as a heuristic lens has a promising potential to reveal what is at stake when it comes to ordinary practices of food. Taking Louis-Marie Chauvet’s ground-breaking study Symbol and Sacrament as a point of departure for a sacramental frame, and using three examples from a recent Dutch TV series on counting blessings at dinner time, they seek to answer the question “What is the heuristic potential of a sacramental perspective on food-related ritualizations in everyday life?” The authors conclude that everyday ritualizations, in turn, constructively challenge ‘classic’ sacramental and liturgical theology. Thus, a sacramental lens on extra-ecclesial food-related ritualizations can enhance the understanding of the Eucharist/Holy Communion, as well as reveal what is at stake when it comes to ordinary (ritualized) practices of food.

Author Biographies

Mirella Klomp

Dr. habil. Mirella Klomp is associate professor of Practical Theology at the Protestant Theological University Amsterdam and research fellow in the Department of Practical Theology & Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University.

Peter-Ben Smit

Prof. dr. Peter-Ben Smit holds the chair of Contextual Biblical Interpretation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the chair of Ancient Catholic Church Structures at Utrecht University.