The Final Purpose of Liturgy

The final purpose of liturgy is to glorify God, and the prototype of such a life of liturgy is Christ himself. He is the primordial liturgist, and we are his apprentices. Therefore, what is required on our part is more than philosophical assent or moral mimicry. We are not following Socrates or Marcus Aurelius: we are following the Son of God. … Liturgy is an ensemble of divine action and our response. If that ensemble disintegrates, then liturgy becomes ritual, asceticism becomes morality, Christianity becomes just another religion, mysticism becomes spiritual enthusiasm, theology becomes philosophy of religion, eschatology becomes a species of human hope, providence becomes luck, and the temple becomes a meeting hall for the Jesus Club.

David W. Fagerberg, Consecrating the World: On Mundane Liturgical Theology (Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2016), p. 68. ISBN: 978-1-62138-168-6.

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