The Liturgy of the Word

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We like to listen to stories and tell them. Stories keep our memories alive and help us to think about people we love.

In the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, we hear readings from Sacred Scripture.
In the readings God speaks to us of his love and mercy and shows us how to follow him. We listen and remember.

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The Lectionary was developed at the direction of the Second Vatican Council, including a more plentiful sharing of the scriptures. Arranged in a three-year Sunday cycle and two-year daily cycle, the Lectionary allows us to hear almost the entirety of the New Testament, and a good portion of the Old as well. The sacred writers of the Bible “made full use of their powers and faculties so that, though God acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written” (Constitution on Divine Revelation #11). They wrote in the language of their day, and used images and concepts familiar to their audience. That is why it is so important that we understand who wrote the text, in what setting, and to whom.

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The first reading is taken from the Old Testament, except during the Easter season when we hear passages from the Acts of the Apostles, and is most closely connected to the Gospel by theme or imagery. The First reading is like a stepping stone, leading us to the risen Lord in the Gospel. The psalms are “the heart of the Bible” (Cardinal Lustiger), the ancient hymnal of the Hebrew people. They have a close connection to the First Reading and often serve as a link to the Gospel. The psalms “continue to teach us how to pray” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2587) and are prayers of rejoicing, suffering, praising, trusting, glorifying, prophesying. (Believe Celebrate Life The Eucharist) The second reading is often not related to the Gospel except during major seasons of the Church year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter). During Ordinary Time, the second reading is usually drawn from the letters of St. Paul or one of the other apostles, and are read in sequence. The readings focus on Christian communities struggling to understand the mysteries of their faith and to live out their baptism in Christ during trying circumstances.

Copyright © 2008, World Library Publications, the music and liturgy division of J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. Used with permission.

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