The Narratio of Sacred Liturgy in Genesis 1 and 2

The liturgy of the Church is where we, as the baptized faithful, approach the throne of Heaven with humility to give praise and thanksgiving to God, for the work of the blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As the source and summit of the whole Christian life (Lumen gentium, art. 11), it is worth pondering why we celebrate the liturgy at all. Is not the liturgy just an addition to the Church’s life, a kind of afterthought to the message of the Gospel? Yet this is hardly the case; in fact, not only…

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