Teaching Liturgy: “Live for today”
– in the celebration and study of liturgy we learn to live for today. The liturgy is God’s participation in our lives and at the same time our human participation in the divine life. In this way we can call the liturgy a divine-human exchange. God is far more generous towards us than we can be towards the divine presence. We receive far more than we can ever desire or deserve, and all we receive is gift for which we can be only thankful.
If you wish to discover more about the Church’s liturgy you may;
join us at the 2014 Liturgy Summer Courses at the Liturgy Institute in Ealing, London, UK
or look at the website for our project, Appreciating the Liturgy.
You could also
begin to study Latin and intermediate Latin using the method of Fr Reginald Foster OCD during the year at the Benedictine Study and Arts Centre in Ealing, London, UK
and the Summer Course – Latin for Liturgists using the method of Fr Reginald Foster OCD also at the Benedictine Study and Arts Centre in Ealing, London, UK.
Benedictines, as all other Christians, are always engaged in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our shared community life and our celebration of the divine liturgy as established and regulated by the Roman Catholic church are our principal ways of proclaiming the Good News.
The external dimensions of Catholic worship; the architectural setting, music in its many forms, ritual, the authorised liturgical books and sacred objects have been valued by the Ealing monks as ways in which all in the assembly may participate fully and profoundly in the mystery of Christian worship.
The sacred liturgy of the Christian Churches is understood in different ways by different churches. In the Catholic and Orthodox tradition the liturgy is the mediation of God to the human race and of the human race to God. Through the Word of God taking our flesh in Jesus Christ’s conception and birth, God assumed our humanity. Through this same wonderful mystery of the “incarnation” human being participate in the divine life. This two-way exchange of life and nature between God and human beings is called in classic terminology, “the divine-human exchange” (admirabile commercium) or a “wondrous exchange“. So Catholics believe that in the sacred liturgy we participate in the life of God.