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Liturgy As Mission

We can see the missionary thrust of the liturgical reform in the acceptance of the vernacular and the increased sensitivity to local cultures and customs (SC 37). When the [Second Vatican] council portrays the liturgy as “the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; as the same it is the fountain from which all her power flows” (SC 10), it is making, according to [Stephen] Bevans, a profound missionary statement. The liturgy is not to be a graced refuge from the world but a ritual celebration of our being sent forth from the eucharistic liturgy into the world in service of God’s reign.

Richard R. Gaillardetz, An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015), p. 90. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8309-5.

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