Chior, Looking West. Cathedral, Lincoln Gothic, XIII Cent.
PAPAL ADDRESS ON THE LITURGY
Venerable cardinals, reverend brothers in the episcopate and in the priesthood, dear est brothers and sisters!
1. It is with pleasure that I address you on the plenary assembly of the Congregation :for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. I greet Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, who guides the dicastery with generous dedication, and with him I greet the esteemed cardinals, the reverend prelates and all those who work in what ever way for this Congregation to serve the Church and her evangelical mission
2. The Sacred Liturgy, which the Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium considers the summit of the life of the Church, can never be reduced to a merely esthetic reality, nei ther can it be considered an instrument whose aims are mainly pedagogical or ecu menical. The celebration of the Sacred Mysteries is, first of all, an act of praise of the Sovereign Majesty of God, Three in One, an expression willed by God Himself. Through this [act], man, in both a personal and communal way, appears before God to give thanks, aware that his being cannot find its full meaning if he does not praise