Pope Francis at General Audience invites Catholics to rediscover beauty of the liturgy

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The pope reflected on the importance of the liturgy. He explained that “all Christian spirituality is grounded in the celebration of the sacred mysteries.”

The pope invited the faithful to rediscover the liturgy as a way to enrich personal prayer and build community.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, in our continuing catechesis on prayer, we now turn to the sacred

liturgy, the Church’s public prayer. The Second Vatican Council stressed the importance of the

liturgy, together with personal prayer, for the spiritual life of Christians. Indeed, all Christian

spirituality is grounded in the celebration of the sacred mysteries, in which Jesus Christ, in the

power of the Holy Spirit, becomes present in the midst of his people through the mediation of the

sacramental signs of bread and wine, water and oil. Just as, in the Incarnation, the Son of God took flesh and dwelt among us, so too he now becomes present in all his saving power, through the liturgical celebration of word and sacrament.

Our personal prayer is meant to interiorize and draw enrichment from the spiritual treasures of the Church’s liturgical prayer. Because the liturgy is the source and summit of our Christian prayer, all of us are called to take an active part in this great act of worship, by offering our own lives in union with Christ as a holy and pleasing sacrifice to the Father.

I cordially greet the English-speaking faithful and I invite everyone, especially in this time

of pandemic, to rediscover the beauty of the liturgy and its ability to enrich our personal prayer and the growth of our communities in union with the Lord. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!

Javier Romero

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