"The liturgy is the summit to which all the activity of the Church is directed, and the fount from which all the Church's power flows" (Constitution on the sacred Liturgy a. 10).
Catholic Liturgy is the official public prayer of the Church.
Catholic Liturgy comprises:
- The Eucharist and the other sacraments: baptism, confirmation, reconciliation, anointing of the sick, marriage and holy orders
- The Prayer of the Church centred on Morning and Evening Prayer
- The other official rites of the church: such as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the Order of Christian Funerals and the Book of Blessings.
In the liturgy, we gather as a community in response to God's invitation. We gather to open ourselves to the love of God so that it might change us, both as individuals and as a community, so that we go out from the liturgy to live the love and compassion of God in our world today.
In the liturgy we meet God in each other, we hear God speak to us when scripture is proclaimed, we experience Christ as our leader in the ministry of the priest and are united to Christ in the Eucharist and other sacramental actions.
"… the full and active participation by all the people in the liturgy is the aim to be considered before all else for it is the primary and indispensible source from which they derive the true Christian spirit …" (Constitution on the sacred Liturgy a. 14).