The Liturgy And The Christlife!

Dear friends

A meditation you may like to take a read at:


**THE LITURGY AND THE CHRISTLIFE!
By the late Father Kilian McGowan, C.P. Used with permission, from the Passionist Priests, to help spiritually guide the layman.

The Liturgy is the public worship of the Church. The tremendous realities it contains shout aloud for further explanation. It is Christ and His Church united in the worship of the Adorable Trinity. It is the Redeeming Christ molding all those united to Him in faith and love into His image.

Our liturgical worship reaches heavenward as in and with Christ we offer the Father perfect adoration, reparation and thanksgiving. It extends to all mankind as it channels into the hearts and lives of men the precious graces won by His Passion and Resurrection.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that the first concern of the Vatican Council was a wholehearted renewal of the Liturgy. It gave us the guidelines to the dynamic renewal of our worship of God in the splendid “Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy.”

This document states that the Liturgy is “the action of Christ the Priest, and His Body, which is the Church. No other action in the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and the same degree.” We must all participate fully and consciously, with faith and understanding, in the Liturgy because it’s our chief means of glorifying God and being sanctified by Him.

Thus, the Liturgy is the mainstream of the Christlife. From it flow abundantly the waters leading to eternal life. It’s our God-given means of entering more fully into the mystery of Christ, and of Christ entering more perfectly into our hearts and lives. Through it the Holy Spirit makes all men one and holy in Christ.

The Constitution stresses that it is an inexhaustible fount of God’s love and grace: “From the Liturgy, therefore, and especially from the Eucharist as from a fount, grace is poured forth on us; and the sanctification of all men in Christ and the glorification of God, to which all other activities of the Church are directed as to their end, is achieved in a most possible efficacious way.”

Your Baptism was your first contact with the Liturgy. This sacrament of spiritual rebirth, not only introduced you into the family of God, it also conferred on you a gift of Christlikeness through grace. As Christ entered your life in time, you experienced your first encounter with the Christlife.

At that moment, the vivifying power of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ flowed into your soul, making it come alive with the life of God. This initiation into Christ impressed the likeness of Our Lord deeply into your soul. You were given a sharing in His role as Priest, Prophet and King.

The rite of your confirmation was intended to deepen this assimilation into Christ. This sacrament co-anointed you with Christ through an overshadowing of the Holy Spirit and the infusion of His seven-fold gifts. Confirmation dynamizes the Christlife and orientates you to the building up of the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit gave you an impetus to share the worship and work of Our Lord.

The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation impressed your soul with the character of Christ the Priest. This priestly likeness, while essentially different from that of an ordained priest, gave you the right to offer acts of worship in the Church with God’s people. You were also given a responsibility to fulfill with reverence and intelligence.

The Vatican Council reminded you of this commission" “But the faithful in virtue of their royal priesthood join in the offering of the Eucharist. They likewise exercise the priesthood in receiving the Sacraments, in prayer and thanksgiving, in the witness of a holy life, and by self-denial and active charity.” (Constitution on the Nature of the Church.)

Sunday is our weekly liturgical reminder of Christ’s Resurrection and of our hope of sharing in it. It should truly be a day for the Lord and a feast day for us. It will be this to the extent that we enter faithfully and lovingly into Christ’s Sacrifice and ours. Let us not fail to do so!**
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God Bless you and much love and peace to you

Teresa

Thanks Springbreeze, good one.

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