The Final Purpose of Liturgy

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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 […]

Approaching Liturgy Like A Child

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Distinctively, the understanding of what it means to be a child is essential for the practice of liturgy. Furthermore, an understanding of what it means to be childlike is essential for an understanding of adulthood. The true meaning of adulthood discovered through the metaphor of the child essentially points us toward the mystery of what […]

Lest We Forget

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Almighty everlasting God, who sent your Son to die that we might live, grant, we pray, eternal rest to those who gave themselves in service and sacrifice for their country. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and […]

The Power of Sacred Words

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The book serves as a vessel, like the cup to the wine. It serves to enthrone and hold forth the truly central symbol, like the linen to the food. The primary symbol is the speaking out of the words themselves. That such discourse – prayers, readings, songs, dialogues, sermons, words for the bath, words for […]

The Liturgy Must Change

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The rite of the Mass is to be revised in such a way that the intrinsic nature and purpose of its several parts, as also the connection between them, may be more clearly manifested, and that devout and active participation by the faithful may be more easily achieved. For this purpose the rites are to […]