October 27th, 2013

Dear Parish Family,

Now that we have contextualized the liturgy of our parish by identifying it as belonging to the West or Latin Church, we can ask the questions: in what way is it similar to the East?  In what way is it different?

With respect to similarities, regardless of its Latin or Oriental origins, at its core the Sacred Liturgy of the Most Holy Eucharist is a sacrament.  That is to say, that it is first and foremost the work of God, instituted by Christ Himself whereby He established a memorial sacrifice that makes contemporary (present to us) the mystery of redemption in every age.  Since then liturgical traditions surrounding the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist have developed throughout two millennia.  These liturgical developments, although not essential to the sacrament itself, are nonetheless at the service of the sacrament and therefore valuable for several reasons.  First, the liturgy serves to preserve the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  Second, the liturgy is a wealth of sacramentality and therefore has a powerfully formative effect on the faithful.  Third, the liturgy serves to preserve unity in a universal church.  For these reasons, and perhaps many more, liturgical expressions are important in the practice of our faith and are therefore carefully discerned and regulated by the magisterium of the church.  Let us further consider these three important functions of the liturgy.

The Role of the Liturgy in Preserving the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

The liturgical rites are important because they serve as a preservative.  Like the packaging of a precious gift, one of the liturgy’s purposes is to protect and safeguard the sacrament instituted by Christ as it passes through history.  Like good packaging not only does it secure and protect it’s content, but it also displays that which is found within.  Not to trivialize the matter, but consider that many items one finds in stores.  The package not only protects but also reveals that which is inside.  The Sacred Mystery instituted by Christ is packed in prescribed and discerned liturgical traditions aggregated throughout the ages, faithfully preserving and transmitting the Sacred Mystery handed down from generation to generation. 

Fr. Winslow


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