Posted by: Peadar Ban | November 11, 2011

The Wellspring of Worship

The number of people who have not heard the question asked in scripture, “What did you go out to see?” cannot be very large.  The number of people who stop to contemplate what that question means when they apply it to their own lives is probably much smaller by several orders of magnitude.  It is not a common thing among us to stop and think about what it means to “worship” God, to try to understand what actually takes place, or should take place in any Catholic Mass, Orthodox Divine Liturgy or Protestant worship service.  But, perhaps it should be.  Worship is one of mankind’s most profound, activities; perhaps the most profound and important activity.  Only we can do worship.  Only we have “liturgical” dimensions to our lives.  Knowing, understanding what that is and how it affects us is necessary for doing it well.  There is no wisdom in doing anything important without knowing why or how best to do it.

The Sacred Liturgy, declares Vatican II, is the font from which all the Church’s spiritual power flows. In his modern classic work  The Wellspring of Worship, Fr. Jean Corbon explores the meaning of the Liturgy as the “wellspring” or source of the Church’s life and worship of God. The Liturgy itself is a sharing in the mystery of the Triune God and in the Incarnation, Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus. Corbon writes that it is “the mystery of the river of life that streams from the Father and the Lamb”, into which believers are to be drawn. In this way, the divine river waters their entire lives, renewing and transforming them.  The Wellspring of Worship is a masterful reflection on the mystery of God’s Trinitarian life and how the Church’s members participate in that life through the Liturgy. If you are seeking to understand what liturgy is, why it is important for you and for the whole world, this is a book to read, to share and to talk about.

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