Do you pray Liturgy? Excerpts from Apostolic Letter “SPIRITUS ET SPONSA” ( 2003)

It is in the Liturgy that the Church, enlivened by the breath of the Spirit, lives her mission as “sacrament – a sign and instrument, that is, of communion with God and of unity among all men”, and finds the most exalted expression of her mystical reality.

In the Lord Jesus and in his Spirit the whole of Christian existence becomes “a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God”, genuine “spiritual worship” (Rom 12: 1). The mystery brought about in the Liturgy is truly great. It opens a glimpse of Heaven on earth, and the perennial hymn of praise rises from the community of believers in unison with the hymn of heavenly Jerusalem: “Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis!“.


LITURGY OF THE HOURS:

It is important to introduce the faithful to the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours which, as the public prayer of the Church, is a source of piety and nourishment for personal prayer”. It is an action that is neither individual nor “private, but is proper to the entire Body of the Church…. Thus, if the faithful are summoned for the Liturgy of the Hours and gather together, joining heart and voice, they make manifest the Church, which celebrates the mystery of Christ”. 

Pray LITURGY OF THE HOURS: http://www.universalis.com/

 

Excerpts of  APOSTOLIC LETTER SPIRITUS ET SPONSA OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II
ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY “SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM’ : https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/2003/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20031204_spiritus-et-sponsa.html

 

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