Friday, November 23, 2007

In the Mass, "We Celebrate with all the warriors of the heavenly army"!

Gregory the Great teaches us, as does the iconography of the ancient Christian churches that when we celebrate the mass, we are joined by the angels and the saints. These angels are no dainty lasses in flowing robes so sacarinely depicted in art. They are "the warriors of the heavenly army." Those are the words of Vatican II:

"8. In the earthly Liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that Heavenly Liturgy which is celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God, a Minister of the Holies and of the true Tabernacle [
Cf. Apoc.[Rev.] 21:2; Col. 3:1; Heb. 8:2.]; we sing a hymn to the Lord's glory with all the warriors of the heavenly army; venerating the memory of the saints, we hope for some part and fellowship with them; we eagerly await the Savior, Our Lord Jesus Christ, until He, our Life, shall appear and we too will appear with Him in glory [Cf. Phil. 3:20; Col. 3:4.]." Sacrosanctum Concilium, [The Sacred Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.]

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