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Liturgy, Mission and Ministry in Ireland Today: Random Reflections and Thoughts [2]


Attendance at Sunday worship is seen to constitute the core of what being a Catholic christian is all about. Catholics ‘go to Mass’. However, something much more important and central to our faith is at stake. An authentic celebration of liturgy points the assembly to the deeper reality of the cosmic liturgy (the context of our ritual engagement) and to the ‘liturgy after the liturgy’: the worship of the ‘real presence’ of Christ in the poor, in the marginalised, in the hungry … and in creation. The desire for a liturgy that is more ‘meaningful’ is expressed in the synodal Synthesis document (section x) and this highlights a yearning for full participation and for liturgical celebrations that ‘speak to people’s lives’.

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