Sacrosanctum Concilium 24

Vatican II’s emphasis on the importance of the Liturgy of the Word:

Sacred scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy. For it is from scripture that lessons are read and explained in the homily, and psalms are sung; the prayers, collects, and liturgical songs are scriptural in their inspiration and their force, and it is from the scriptures that actions and signs derive their meaning. Thus to achieve the restoration, progress, and adaptation of the sacred liturgy, it is essential to promote that warm and living love for scripture to which the venerable tradition of both eastern and western rites gives testimony.

“Of the greatest importance” is an important phrase of which to be mindful. It underscores the council’s intent to enrich the development and celebration of liturgy, and I stress, not to create or recreate an inherent hierarchy of Christ’s presences. It would be inappropriate and beyond the spirit of worship to emphasize one or some to the detriment of others. All encounters with Christ–sacrament, Word, gathered assembly, presiding minister, the poor, as well as symbols and images of devotion–all of them are significant. They are not in competition.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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