“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Dear friends let us ask ourselves some simple questions first and then read the comments that follow:
The liturgy is the public work or service of God by which Christ continue the redemption through the Church.
May God … grant that you may live in harmony with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that with one mind and one mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 15:5-6).
As with all of God’s work, the liturgy is his blessing to us. Our response adoration and thanksgiving.
The saving life and mission of Christ is the central teaching of our faith; Church’s liturgy proclaims and celebrates this same mystery.
To me, the least of all the saints, was given the grace of proclaiming to Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to reveal for all the plan, the mystery that was hidden for ages in God, the creator of all things, so that the multi-faceted wisdom of God might now be made known through the Church to the rulers and powers in the heavens, in accordance with the eternal plan he carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph 3:8-11).
In the liturgy, the Father is adored as Creator; the Son as our brother and Redeemer; the Holy Spirit as the giver of all gifts.
The Word of God speaks of the “wonders” worked in the sacraments and it expresses our response of faith. Therefore, the Word of God has an intense role in each liturgical act.
Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart (Rom 22:22).
Music and art have always been used to enhance liturgies by lending beauty to the celebration and by lifting hearts and minds to God. They are best used when they illustrate the Word of God.
Let the Word of God dwell in you richly; teach and admonish each other with all wisdom; sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God with thanks in your hearts (Col 3:16)
The liturgy of the hours is the public and official common prayer of the Catholic Church. It is prayed daily by priests, religious and an ever-increasing number of the laity. This form of the liturgy, based on the Psalms, is meant as a complement to Eucharistic devotion.
Pray at all times in the Spirit with every manner of prayer and supplication (Eph 6:18).
The liturgical year is the name given to the days and seasons within a year’s time in which the Church celebrates Christ’s Paschal Mystery. The liturgical seasons are Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time, Sundays and holydays, Feasts of Mary, celebrations of Saints’ day and other Feast days light the Church year with warmth to stir the devotion of God’s people.
He has sent me … to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (LK 4:18-1 ).
Liturgical colours, usually green, purple, red, rose and white, are colours of the priest’s outer vestment, the chasuble. Each colour helps to set the tone of joy, penance, etc. for particular liturgical seasons or feasts.
“Advent” means coming. It is the short season, approximately four weeks in which we prepare for Christmas and recall Christ’s second coming at the end of time.
Christmas is the holy day of obligation on which we celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
The Christmas season is the joyful period of time from Christmas to the celebration of Jesus’ baptism.
Lent is the Church’s season of preparation for Easter, in which Christians are expected to give more attention to prayers, penance and good deeds.
Easter, the Church’s greatest day of celebration, is the special Sunday of which we rejoice over Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
The Easter Season is the most joyous season of the Church’s year-the fifty days from Easter to Pentecost.
The Easter Vigil is a celebration held at any time during the hours of darkness that precede the Easter sunrise. (“Vigil” means a night watch). Consists of a service of light, liturgy of the Word, a liturgy of Baptism and the liturgy of the Eucharist.
Pentecost is the Sunday seven weeks after Easter on which we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the apostles and disciples gathered in the upper room. Pentecost is considered the “birthday” of the Church.
Ordinary Time is the season of the Church year outside of the Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter seasons. One part of ordinary time falls between Christmas season and Lent and the other part falls between Pentecost and Advent.
So, now tell me how many of us read the Word of God as a daily practice? How many of us have the Church calendar as a guidance to find the daily readings? You still have time hurry!
Be a servant of God. Serve him with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul. God bless you all. I wish everyone a blessed year 2008.
Florine Mathias - Coordinator