year we spent several weekends discussing various portions of the mass
to gain a better understanding of why we go to mass and to learn to more
fully participate in our worship of God. This week we begin a review
of those lessons learned:
• The Second Vatican Council brought about
the revitalization of the liturgy and therefore the renewal of the
Church. However, it is important to note that this revitalization is not
• The baptized have both a right and a duty to take part in the liturgy with understanding and competence.
• There are two purposes of the liturgy: to praise God and to transform the assembly.
• Before Vatican II worship was individualistic: we were concerned more about personal obligation than in engaging in community.
• A personal surrender is necessary in
order to fully participate in communal worship. We must be willing to
join with others, recognizing and appreciating Christ within them.
• At liturgy we join ourselves to Christ’s act of worship of God.
• Entered fully in the liturgy God shapes our minds and hearts according to the divine will.
• Empowered by God’s grace, we who have been transformed can be used by God to transform our world.
• The ultimate goal is to transform the
world for Christ: Liturgy is the source and summit of our life together
in Christ. (July 18, 2004)