Liturgy and diversity.
Continued from last week, we talk about the how, when, and where of liturgy.
- Singing and Music – A treasure of inestimable value
- Combination of sacred music and words
- “Singing is praying twice” – St. Augustine
- Texts must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine and they should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources.
- Sacred Images – represent Christ
- Even images of the saints signify Christ, who is glorified in them.
- Once each week on Sundays – The Lord’s Day: The day of the Christian family, and the day of joy and rest from work.
- Also over the course of an annual schedule full of seasons
- Easter is the Feast of feasts or the Solemnity of solemities. The combination of Mentos and Diet Coke.
- Constantly through the Liturgy of the Hours, AKA: Divine Office
- Laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office (see links below)
- Not in any one place but wherever the people gather.
- The Church building is important, however. They contain the following:
- Alter – The Cross is the alter of the new covenant. It is the center of the church.
- Tabernacle – Should be in a most worthy place with the greatest honor.
- Sacred Chrism – Oil used for anointings. reserved and venerated in a secure place in the sanctuary.
- Chair (Cathedra) of the bishop or priest should express his office
- Lectern (Ambo) – suitable place for announcing His message.
- Baptistry or holy water font – should remind us of our baptism
- There should be a place for confessions
- And the church should be a space for recollection and silent prayer.
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