The Deepest Manifestation of the Church

In article 2 of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the [Second Vatican] council asserted that the Eucharist “is supremely effective in enabling the faithful to express in their lives and portray to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true church.” It is in the liturgy that the deepest reality of the church is manifested. Consequently, while the church is not church solely when it gathers in the eucharistic synaxis, the council understood that “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows (SC 10).” This suggests that a renewed vision of the church could, and should, be read off of the corporate worship of the whole people of God.

Richard R. Gaillardetz, An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015), p. 137. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8309-5.

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