The Sacred Liturgy is the Church’s official public and communal worship. While the celebration of the Eucharist is the Church’s principal act of worship, the Liturgy also includes
As the Church’s official worship, each of these liturgies has at its heart the celebration of the “Mystery of our Faith” – that is, the sacred passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This mystery, known as the Paschal Mystery, is the continuing work of our redemption by Christ and through his Church.
Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy reminds us that the Old Testament, as the history of God’s amazing deeds among the people of Israel, was “but a prelude to the work of Christ the Lord in redeeming mankind and giving perfect glory to God”(SC 5 § 2; cf. St. Augustine). By his obedience to the Father’s will and plan of salvation and by his redemptive self-sacrifice, Jesus, the new Adam, destroyed the power of sin and death and made possible eternal life.
The priests and deacons are certainly important as leaders of most of the liturgical celebrations. However, our celebration would not be complete without music ministers, lectors, altar servers and others who help make our celebration truly a communal action in praise of our God.