Aparecida 250: The Centrality of Liturgy

250. We encounter Jesus Christ in an admirable way in the Sacred Liturgy. In living it, celebrating the paschal mystery, Christ’s disciples delve deeper into the mysteries of the Kingdom and sacramentally express their vocation as disciples and missionaries. Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy shows us the place and function of the liturgy in the following of Christ, in the missionary action of Christians, in new life in Christ, and in the life of our peoples in Him.(Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 7)


The liturgy isn’t the only way to encounter the Lord, but for most Christians in the long term, it may be the most reliable. If we attend carefully, we have a remembrance of the Paschal Mystery at every celebration of Mass. We might find ourselves drawn more deeply into the event of Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection.

It is important to remember that the potential for encounter is not totally dependent on the quality of the various aspects of worship. Still, when liturgy is celebrated with an eye to inspiring and urging discipleship, we might find our obstacles a bit more smoothed out, and our spirits a bit more uplifted for the mission of the Gospel.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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