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Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ • 175


Our society favors being practical and tends to evaluate people and insti-

tutions in this light. Practicality has led to numerous inventions that have

made life more humane. It also asks people to draw a closer link between

theory and everyday life, urging them to be more down-to-earth.

1. What does Sunday and its vigil mean for Catholics?

Sunday, the “Lord’s Day,” is the principal day for the

celebration of the Eucharist because it is the day of the

Resurrection. It is the pre-eminent day of the liturgical

assembly, the day of the Christian family, and the day of

joy and rest from work. Sunday is the “foundation and

kernel of the whole liturgical year.” (CCC, no. 1193, citing

SC, no. 106)

2. What are the criteria for the use of songs and music in

the Liturgy?

Songs and music fulfill their function as signs . . . when

they are closely connected . . . with the liturgical action,

according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of

prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at

the designated moments, and the solemn character of

the celebration. In this way they participate in the pur-

pose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God

and the sanctification of the faithful. (CCC, no. 1157)

3. What is the purpose of the Liturgy of theWord?

The Liturgy of the Word is an integral part of the celebra-

tion. The meaning of the celebration is expressed by the

Word of God which is proclaimed and by the response of

faith to it. (CCC, no. 1190)