Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  294 / 904 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 294 / 904 Next Page
Page Background

294

Part Two

C

hapter

T

wo

T

he

S

acramental

C

elebration

of

the

P

aschal

M

ystery

1135

The catechesis of the liturgy entails first of all an under-

standing of the sacramental economy (Chapter One). In this light,

the innovation of its

celebration

is revealed. This chapter will there-

fore treat of the celebration of the sacraments of the Church. It will

consider that which, through the diversity of liturgical traditions,

is common to the celebration of the seven sacraments. What is

proper to each will be treated later. This fundamental catechesis on

the sacramental celebrations responds to the first questions posed

by the faithful regarding this subject:

—Who celebrates the liturgy?

— How is the liturgy celebrated?

—When is the liturgy celebrated?

—Where is the liturgy celebrated?

A

rticle

1

CELEBRATING THE CHURCH’S LITURGY

I.

W

ho

C

elebrates

?

1136

Liturgy is an “action” of the

whole Christ

(

Christus totus

).

Those who even now celebrate it without signs are already in the

heavenly liturgy, where celebration is wholly communion and feast.

The celebrants of the heavenly liturgy

1137

The book of

Revelation

of St. John, read in the Church’s

liturgy, first reveals to us, “A throne stood in heaven, with one

seated on the throne”: “the Lord God.”

1

It then shows the Lamb,

“standing, as though it had been slain”: Christ crucified and risen,

the one high priest of the true sanctuary, the same one “who offers

and is offered, who gives and is given.”

2

Finally it presents “the

river of the water of life . . . flowing from the throne of God and of

the Lamb,” one of most beautiful symbols of the Holy Spirit.

3

1

Rev

4:2, 8;

Isa

6:1; cf.

Ezek

1:26-28.

2

Rev

5:6;

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,

Anaphora; cf.

Jn

1:29;

Heb

4:14-15; 10:19-2.

3

Rev

22:1; cf. 21:6;

Jn

4:10-14.

795

1090

2642

662