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Part Two

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The Word of God

. The Holy Spirit first recalls the meaning of

the salvation event to the liturgical assembly by giving life to theWord

of God, which is proclaimed so that it may be received and lived:

In the celebration of the liturgy, Sacred Scripture is extremely

important. From it come the lessons that are read and ex-

plained in the homily and the psalms that are sung. It is from

the Scriptures that the prayers, collects, and hymns draw

their inspiration and their force, and that actions and signs

derive their meaning.

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The Holy Spirit gives a spiritual understanding of the

Word of God to those who read or hear it, according to the dispo­

sitions of their hearts. By means of the words, actions, and symbols

that form the structure of a celebration, the Spirit puts both the

faithful and the ministers into a living relationship with Christ, the

Word and Image of the Father, so that they can live out the meaning

of what they hear, contemplate, and do in the celebration.

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“By the saving word of God, faith . . . is nourished in the

hearts of believers. By this faith then the congregation of the faithful

begins and grows.”

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The proclamation does not stop with a teach-

ing; it elicits the

response of faith

as consent and commitment,

directed at the covenant between God and his people. Once again

it is the Holy Spirit who gives the grace of faith, strengthens it and

makes it grow in the community. The liturgical assembly is first of

all a communion in faith.

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Anamnesis.

The liturgical celebration always refers to God’s

saving interventions in history. “The economy of Revelation is real-

ized by deeds and words which are intrinsically bound up with each

other. . . . [T]he words for their part proclaim the works and bring to

light the mystery they contain.”

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In the Liturgy of theWord the Holy

Spirit “recalls” to the assembly all that Christ has done for us. In

keeping with the nature of liturgical actions and the ritual traditions

of the churches, the celebration “makes a remembrance” of the mar-

velous works of God in an anamnesis which may be more or less

developed. The Holy Spirit who thus awakens the memory of the

Church then inspires thanksgiving and praise (

doxology

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