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
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.