“Take and eat . . . take this and drink . . .” – (Matthew 26:26)
Our primary and greatest act as a Catholic community is the celebration of the Mass. Vatican II states the following about the sacred liturgy:
“the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper. .”
The celebration of Mass is a corporate act, an act of the whole assembly gathered for worship. All the particular ministries serve this corporate function (GIRM, no. 27). … This action, which lies at the center of the whole Christian life (no. 16) is not initiated by us but by God acting in and through the Church as the body of the risen Christ. It becomes our action only to the extent that we give ourselves to this mystery of redemptive worship. In the celebration of every Mass, we celebrate two great liturgies; the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Liturgy of the Word: When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people and Christ, present in his own word, is proclaiming the Gospel. (GIRM, n.29) These words from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal set before us a profound truth that we need to ponder and make our own. Liturgy of the Word is made up of readings from Scripture. On Sundays and solemnities, there are three Scripture readings. During most of the year, the first reading is from the Old Testament and the second reading is from one of the New Testament letters. During Easter Time, the first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles which tells the story of the Church in its earliest days. The last reading is always taken from one of the four Gospels.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist centers upon the altar-both a place of sacrifice as well as the table from which, as Catholics, we are fed. The themes of sacrifice, thanksgiving and meal dominate. The Eucharistic Prayer is the heart of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In this prayer, the celebrant acts in the person of Christ as head of his body, the Church. He gathers not only the bread and the wine, but the substance of our lives and joins them to Christ’s perfect sacrifice, offering them to the Father. On the night before he died, Jesus instituted the Eucharist when he told us to “Take and eat” and “Take and drink” These are the words that bring us together, and through which Christ makes himself present to us.
St. Juan Diego parishioners joyfully serve in many aspects of planning and celebrating the Liturgy. To become an active part of the Liturgy, please consider the following opportunities:
- Altar Servers
- Collection Counters
- Liturgy Committee
- Music Ministry
- PowerPoint Operators
- Soundboard Operator
- Worship Environment Ministry