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Thursday, January 04, 2007

more on the Bible and the Liturgy

A few weeks prior to the Nativity of Our Lord I wrote a brochure, "Bible & Liturgy," which is an exploratory introduction by a Lutheran pastor into the relation between the holy Scripture and the divine liturgy. You can find it posted here and dated Nov. 15, 2006. This writing serves a dual purpose in helping to teach others the important role of the liturgy in the life of the Church as well as helping me to gather my own thoughts on this topic (all part of the learning process). In 1956 a book was published entitled "The Bible and the Liturgy" by Jean Danielou, S.J., a book I have not yet read.

This brings up another topic which, I believe, is intimately related to this whole discussion and that is the role of Tradition. For more on this see the excellent blogpost Lossky on Tradition Tradition is refreshing in that it reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. In another light the Lord's mercies are new every morning. Thanks to the Christian Tradition we can see that others before us appreciated and struggled with the same questions that we are working through.

In relation to Bible, Liturgy and Tradition I recently found this quotation in the Introduction to The Lord by Romano Guardini, a book published in 1954. What is intriguing to me in the life-long study of Bible, Liturgy and Tradition is that what the Church receives in the Bible and the Liturgy and the Tradition is both old and new. It is traditional and historic and, at the same time, new and living in Christ and in His mercy.

"As a student Romano Guardini had himself experienced the drama of liberalism and its collapse, and with a few friends he set out to find a new path for theology. What came to impress him in the course of this search was the experience of the liturgy as the place of encounter with Jesus. It is above all in the liturgy that Jesus is among us, here it is that He speaks to us, here He lives.

"Guardini recognized that the liturgy is the true, living environment for the Bible and that the Bible can be properly understood only in this living context within which it first emerged. The texts of the Bible, this great Book of Christ, are not to be seen as the literary products of some scribes at their desks but rather as the words of Christ Himself delivered in the celebration of the holy Mass. The scriptural texts are thoroughly imbued with the awe of divine worship resulting from the believer's interior attentiveness to the living voice of the present Lord. In the preface to his book, Guardini himself tells us of the way in which these texts have arisen: 'We can only reverently pause before this or that word or act, ready to learn, adore, obey.'"
- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Introduction to The Lord by R. Guardini, xii)

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