How Does the Liturgy Shape Our Lives?

Eucharistic Prayer II proclaims that the Lord is holy and “the fount of all holiness,” a marvellous image of God’s overflowing love, goodness, and truth. God freely pours out holiness on all who seek it. Through our participation in the liturgy, we can grow in that holiness to which the Triune God calls us. We, too, must become fountains of holiness, sharing compassion, goodness, and truth in our daily lives. To paraphrase Saint Augustine, we are to become what we pray. When we come to the celebration of the liturgy with hearts and minds open to God’s will for us, our faith is strengthened, our souls are nourished, and we are transformed, sent forth to serve our neighbour and to grow in unity with one another and with the Lord. In this way, the liturgy shapes our very lives. The rich texts, symbols, music, space, environment, and gestures communicate God’s call to us to become what God intends: His holy people.

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