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Mystery of Faith...

posted Apr 14, 2012, 11:52 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 5:39 PM ]
Archbishop Alfred Hughes, a member of Vox Clara, the international committee organized in 2001 to advise the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on English-language liturgical translations, shares these thoughts about the mystery of faith:

“The most important event that ever happened in our history in the world is made present each time we celebrate the Eucharist.  The Lord Jesus is made present in the sacrament, offering Himself to the Father for your salvation and for mine, for your sanctification and for mine.  That’s what is made present at Mass.  And that’s what we’re invited to — by an Introductory Rite; then we listen to some aspect of that mystery expounded in the Liturgy of the Word; culminating ultimately in our participation in this event through receiving Holy Communion; and then our going out from the Eucharist to live what we have celebrated.  But at the heart of all this is that mystery of faith.

At the end of the consecration, the celebrant invites the people to recognize the mystery of faith that has just taken place on the altar.  Once people appreciate that, I don’t see how they could ever walk away from the Eucharist…  Now, if I don’t get anything out of the Mass, it’s because I haven’t been present or engaged with what’s been happening, what’s been re-presented.  It’s, therefore, not a question of what do I get out of this, but rather, what an extraordinary mystery to be invited to enter into — to appreciate more and more its meaning and significance and implications for life…”

Now for anyone who's not confident in their singing, if you really think and pray about what you’re being invited to sing, the singing will mysteriously take care of itself…