So there we have it!!
GOSH YOU GUYS!!
Paragraph 1153 says, “A sacramental celebration is a meeting of God’s children with their Father, in Christ and the Holy Spirit…”
This is what is happening at every sacramental celebration in the Eucharist at the Mass
IN ALL OF THE SACRAMENTS!!
Think of the way that the Church has asked us to practice and enter into the Sacrament of Reconciliation
It involves the proclamation of God’s Word
When the priest welcomes us…
A lot of times our experience of it is kind of simplified
It’s a brief introduction and a blessing and then the person confesses their sins
In the fullness of the liturgy, in the fullness of this action, there is ALWAYS a proclamation of God’s Word
Sometimes that Word of God is very simple
Sometimes that Word of God is a little more extended
There is the speaking of the Father in Christ in the Holy Spirit that speaks to us and is meant to elicit FAITH
THAT ALWAYS HAPPENS IN EVERY LITURGY!!
If you’ve ever been part of Anointing of the Sick the Word of God is proclaimed
If you’ve ever been part of the Sacrament of Matrimony the Word of God is proclaimed
THAT IS SO SO IMPORTANT!!
If this is going to be a meeting of God’s children with their Father, then the meeting takes the form of a DIALOGUE
That dialogue happens through WORDS AND ACTIONS
So there are the symbolic actions that are happening and the words of the Liturgy
Obviously the Word of God is going to have a very important place
Paragraph 1154 says, “The liturgy of the Word is an integral part of sacramental celebrations.”
There are signs there that emphasize the role of the Word of God
For example, we typically want to have a book of the Word called the Lectionary or maybe a book of the Gospels
There is often VENERATION with a procession and incense
Whoever is proclaiming the Gospel can incense the Word of God
If there is no procession, especially if there are a lot of priests at the Mass, wherever the Word is being proclaimed from all the priests who are standing will turn so that their whole body is facing whoever it is that is proclaiming the Word of God
It’s a small thing
It highlights what we are doing and the beauty and the power and the goodness and the gift that is the Word of God proclaimed in the Liturgy
Paragraph 1155 says, “When the Holy Spirit awakens faith, he not only gives an understanding of the Word of God, but through the sacraments also makes present the ‘wonders’ of God which it proclaims.”
The Holy Spirit helps us to understand God’s Word
You can pray for this gift right now
If you’ve ever felt like you can’t understand Scripture, ask the Holy Spirit to TEACH YOU
“Holy Spirit, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me.”
What Jesus made POSSIBLE the Holy Spirit makes ACTUAL
The wonders of God are made present by the Power of the Holy Spirit
SINGING AND MUSIC
THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!
Paragraph 1156 says, “‘The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art…’”
We have statues
We have incredible buildings, paintings, and icons
All of these things are amazing
What is the reason music is greater?
Paragraph 1156 continues, “The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy.”
Here is the music
Here are the words
Paragraph 1158 says, “Indeed they should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources.”
When you are making the art of sacred music, you are making this art out of God’s Word itself
You are taking a Psalm and setting it to music
You are taking the Divinely inspired, God-breathed words God has revealed to us and using them to create another piece of art
The musical tradition of the Church
That piece of art makes a NECESSARY PART of the Liturgy
You can have a statue in the corner of the Church
You can also have a big Crucifix that is beautiful and moves you to reflect on Christ’s Passion and love for us
THAT IS AWESOME!!
THAT IS INCREDIBLE!!
Neither of those things are integral parts of the solemn liturgy
When we sing the Sanctus, Kyrie, or the Psalms, they are a NECESSARY PART of the solemn liturgy
THIS IS SO SO IMPORTANT!!
St. Augustine says in Paragraph 1156, “He who sings prays twice.”
There is something very powerful in the way the Church has asked us to utilize music
The function of music in the Liturgy
The more it is going to lift our souls to the Lord…
The more it is going to bring us into contact with God…
Paragraph 1157 says, “Song and music fulfill their function as signs in a manner all the more significant when they are ‘more closely connected…with the liturgical action,’ according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments, and the solemn character of the celebration.”
It’s not background music, it is meant to be prayer
It’s not meant to be a solo
We don't’ do pre-recorded music in the Liturgy
You’re just listening to prerecorded music
Music in the liturgy is meant to have the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments
We are ALL meant to sing
This doesn’t mean there can’t be a solo because it is LIVE and it is a member of the assembly offering up praise
So that is the cantor’s job
We always want to match the music to the character of the celebration
At a wedding it makes sense for things to be joyful
At a funeral it makes sense to have a more somber tone
On Good Friday it makes sense for the music to be in a minor key
On Easter Sunday it makes sense for the music to be lofty and exalted
Paragraph 1157 continues, “In this way they participate in the purpose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”
WHAT A GIFT!!
Paragraph 1158 says, “The harmony of signs (song, music, words, and actions) is all the more expressive and fruitful when expressed in the cultural richness of the People of God who celebrate.”
So there is different music in the Far East, South Africa, in the West, etc.
THAT IS GOOD!!
It ALWAYS has to have that UNITY of the Church’s norms
Hope that makes sense!!
Every single day there is another thing that God is unpacking in our hearts and minds
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