I am hoping that you are indeed learning through this thread. God bless you indeed!
You mentioned too “liturgy”. Doubtless since we are spiritual beings and our spirituality is connected to or function of our souls, everything we do think and say is spiritual in some way. For our bodies cannot function without the soul and the purely spiritual aspect of our being. And this very broad definition will lead into my particular definition of what Liturgy actually is theologically in its fullest and all embracing understanding - as below.
Liturgy has a much broader implication than simply the formal liturgies of The Church which most often takes place inside a Church.
Here is Dictionary.com’s definition:
LITURGY. A public service, duty, or work. In Scripture it refers to the religious duties to be performed by priests and levites in the Temple, especially those related to the Sacrifice; in Christian use among the Eastern Churches it means the Eucharistic Sacrifice.
In present day usage liturgy is the official public worship of the Church and is thus distinguished from private devotion. It is the special title of the Eucharist, and the administration of the sacraments with the annexed use of the sacramentals.
[quote]From a theological viewpoint, the liturgy is the exercise now on earth of Christ’s priestly office
, as distinct from his role as teacher and ruler of his people.
.Christ performs this priestly office as Head of his Mystical Body, so that Head and members together
offer the sacred liturgy… Its function, therefore, is twofold: to give honor and praise to God, which is worship, and to obtain blessings for the human race, which is sanctification. (Etym. Latin liturgia; from Greek leitos, of the people + ergon, work: leitourgia, public duty, public worship.)
Well to read both definitions with care, but especially the one immediately above from Father John Hardon SJ whose dictionaries should, I think, be in every home so comprehensive are they are they are available in book form. There is too a pocket version…or a shorter version.
We need to think about with prayerful care our Baptism which is the central and probably most important Sacrament of all the Sacraments since no other Sacrament can be received by an unbaptized person. We need to research with prayer to The Holy Spirit who will reveal “all Truth” as Jesus has told us, all about Baptism and ask ourselves “Do I realize who indeed I am through Baptism?”
The sacrament in which, by water and the word of God, a person is cleansed of all sin and reborn and sanctified
Christ to everlasting life. (Etym. Latin baptisma; from Greek baptisma, a dipping.)
The fullest meaning of “Liturgy” therefore includes every single word, thought or deed of every single baptized person by which we are baptized in Christ and become Temples of The Holy Spirit dedicated to the Glory of God.
We could be said to be ‘walking Tabernacles’…and we know the great reverence and honor we give to a Tabernacle in Church. This, startling thought every time I think on it, is the reverence and honor we owe to every single person either as a potential Temple of The Holy Spirit (who is at once also Our Father and The Son, Jesus = The Blessed Trinity). The person in the state of Grace is a sacred and holy person. I must admit that lesson will not quite sink home with me for all too often I forget it and can treat others as anything but Temples of The Holy Spirit.http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_12_5.gif
Cheers CL and all/Tigger