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Part Two

the Holy Trinity and fraternal communion are inseparably the fruit

of the Spirit in the liturgy.



The epiclesis is also a prayer for the full effect of the

assembly’s communion with the mystery of Christ. “The grace of

the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the

Holy Spirit”


have to remainwith us always and bear fruit beyond

the Eucharistic celebration. The Church therefore asks the Father

to send the Holy Spirit to make the lives of the faithful a living

sacrifice to God by their spiritual transformation into the image of

Christ, by concern for the Church’s unity, and by taking part in her

mission through the witness and service of charity.



In the liturgy of the Church, God the Father is blessed

and adored as the source of all the blessings of creation

and salvation with which he has blessed us in his Son,

in order to give us the Spirit of filial adoption.


Christ’s work in the liturgy is sacramental: because his

mystery of salvation is made present there by the

power of his Holy Spirit; because his Body, which is

the Church, is like a sacrament (sign and instrument)

in which the Holy Spirit dispenses the mystery of

salvation; and because through her liturgical actions

the pilgrim Church already participates, as by a fore-

taste, in the heavenly liturgy.


The mission of the Holy Spirit in the liturgy of the

Church is to prepare the assembly to encounter Christ;

to recall and manifest Christ to the faith of the assem-

bly; to make the saving work of Christ present and

active by his transforming power; and to make the gift

of communion bear fruit in the Church.

27 Cf.

1 Jn



2 Cor