As a member of the Roman Catholic Church — whether clergy (i.e., bishop, priest, or deacon) or laity — you need to be familiar with the Sacred Liturgy and develop a deep love and affection for it. For, after all,
[T]he liturgy, “through which the work of our redemption is accomplished,” most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 2)
[The liturgy] is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10)
Therefore, everyone in the Church must be completely in love with the liturgy and be actively involved in it whether exteriorly or interiorly and in one way or another.
This section of our blog provides some information about the major and most important official documents concerning the liturgy. Links to the full text of the official documents are given. We hope that your study of these liturgical documents deepens and intensifies your love for our Lord and His Bride, the Church.
Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy), Second Vatican Council, 1963.