Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Zenit: Pope Points to Liturgy as Education on the Gospel

Benedict XVI is urging a greater appreciation of the liturgy as a source of education about the "good life of the Gospel."

The Pope made these statements in a letter sent to Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, on the occasion of the Plenary Assembly being held through Thursday in Assisi.

One focus of the assembly is the review of the Italian translation of the newest edition of the Roman Missal.

"The rites speak through their intrinsic rationality," the Pontiff noted, "and educate to a conscious, active and fruitful participation."

He continued, "The correspondence of the prayer of the Church (lex orandi) with the rule of the faith (lex credendi) molds the thought and the feelings of the Christian community, giving shape to the Church, Body of Christ and Temple of the Spirit."

"No human word can do without time, even when, as in the case of the liturgy, it constitutes a window that open beyond time," the Holy Father affirmed. "Hence, to give voice to a perennially valid reality calls for the wise balance of continuity and novelty, of tradition and actualization."

"The Missal itself is placed within this process," he added.

Source: Zenit

Image Source: A Missa Cantata in the Ancient Form of the Roman Liturgy, offered in the parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Fr. Ervin Kovács

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