The Final Purpose of Liturgy

The final purpose of liturgy is to glorify God, and the prototype of such a life of liturgy is Christ himself. He is the primordial liturgist, and we are his apprentices. Therefore, what is required on our part is more than philosophical assent or moral mimicry. We are not following Socrates or Marcus Aurelius: we are following the Son of God. … Liturgy is an ensemble of divine action and our response. If that ensemble disintegrates, then liturgy becomes ritual, asceticism becomes morality, Christianity becomes just another religion, mysticism becomes spiritual enthusiasm, theology becomes philosophy of religion, eschatology becomes a species of human hope, providence becomes luck, and the temple becomes a meeting hall for the Jesus Club.

David W. Fagerberg, Consecrating the World: On Mundane Liturgical Theology (Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2016), p. 68. ISBN: 978-1-62138-168-6.

Advertisements

Leave Your Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.