The Liturgical Year: “A Pattern of Meanings”

The fundamental fact about the liturgical year is that it is a sanctification of time. Medieval Medallions - CopyCertain key events in the history of salvation, and certain key elements of faith, have become attached to certain dates of the calendar like gems on a bracelet. This bracelet is like a magnificent rosary. We cannot handle it without encountering these gems, each of which carries a distinct message. In this way, as the earth spins around its axis and around the sun, creating the recurrent cycle of seasons which we call a year, we learn to experience not a ceaseless progression of days and nights but a pattern of meanings. Events from the past keep returning to us, and giving days and seasons character and profile, bequeathing to us an inheritance from our ancestors, and inviting us to add to that inheritance for the future. Moreover, eternal truths are mediated to us in a form we can receive, the form of temporal events.

–Stephan Borghammar, “A Monastic Conception of the Liturgical” Year (essay in the book The Liturgy of the Medieval Church)

Participate in this Liturgical Year! Really LIVE your faith as the year goes around: embrace the traditional Liturgical Calendar, add at least one “hour” from the Divine Office to your daily prayer, learn and observe traditional home and parish customs for the feasts and seasons.

…and be sure and read this excellent post:

The Divine Office as a Foundation of Culture: Why It Must Be Restored

 

 

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