Vatican City, Aug 26, 2019 / 15:35 pm
A better understanding of the meaning and symbolic language of the Church's liturgy, especially the Mass, will help Catholics encounter the Lord and grow in holiness, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in a letter this week.
"Concretely, it is a matter of helping communities to better internalize the prayer of the Church, to love it as an experience of encounter with the Lord and with brothers and, in light of this, to rediscover its contents and observe its rites," the cardinal said.
The liturgy will be "capable of forming and transforming those who participate in it," Parolin added, "if these, pastors and laity, will learn ever better to grasp its meaning and symbolic language, including art, song and music in the service of the mystery celebrated, including even the silence."
Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, spoke about liturgical formation and holiness in a letter for the 70th National Liturgical Week, the theme of which is "Liturgy: call for all to baptismal holiness."