“The Church's great liturgical tradition teaches us that fruitful participation in the liturgy requires that one be personally conformed to the mystery being celebrated… Otherwise, however carefully planned and executed our liturgies may be, they would risk falling into a certain ritualism. Hence the need to provide an education in eucharistic faith capable of enabling the faithful to live personally what they celebrate.” (Pope Benedict XVI, SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS, 64)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The death and resurrection of the Church

As the Easter Vigil approaches on this Holy Saturday, it's difficult to grasp what has happened.  Liturgically speaking, God just died.  This day is His rest of death, His Sabbath, after a long week of putting the final touches on His life.  It is a complex moment to contemplate.

One thing that might help is to see the Church dying right along with Jesus.  Did you see it?  If not, here's something to remember for next year:
All during Lent we were being stripped down and put to a slow death.   I speak liturgically, of course.   But as Catholics our spiritual lives ought to reflect our liturgical lives and Holy Church’s liturgical seasons.

We were liturgically eviscerated through Lent and Passiontide, Holy Week.

Now, Holy Church has experienced liturgical death.
Father Zuhlsdorf has the details of the liturgical changes that bring the Church to its death right along side Christ.  Tonight, we will see the Church come back to life.  His resurrection is our resurrection if we stay in God's grace (Romans Ch. 8).  Tonight, we get a preview of that glory.  Happy Easter to all.

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