It has been forty years since the fathers of the Second Vatican Council issued Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. This document from the shepherds of the universal Church set forth a mandate about what our liturgies are and what they should be. They told us that in our “earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims” (8). Our “liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows” (10). What a wonderful and marvelous vision the council fathers had for a renewal of our liturgy! This vision continues to challenge and inspire the faithful even today.
Here at Saint Isaac’s, we are a pilgrim people of many different ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, and generational backgrounds. We are a varied community with varied needs and challenges that we serve with through our various ministries. Yet each weekend we gather together as one community nourished on the Word and fed by the bread broken at the altar. It is this sacrifice of the Mass that we build up to each week, and it is this sacrifice of the Mass that strengthens us to meet the challenges of the following week.
While the Liturgy enables us to live out our lives as the children of God, doing the Liturgy is itself a large task. Each Mass requires the skills and talents of many different people. The Liturgy is our work to praise and worship God, and some of us have special gifts and talents that allow us to work in a particular way. Please take a few minutes to look over the roles discussed here. Perhaps you have some gifts and talents that you can use to help serve our community, our Liturgy, and our God. The work of the Liturgy is an enormous task. We need your help. If you hear God calling you to one of these ministries, please contact the Office of Music and Liturgy.