The New Evangelization and the Liturgy

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We often hear about The New Evangelization that was highly emphasized by His Holiness Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Have you ever thought of the liturgy playing a great role in evangelizing lapsed Catholics and those outside the Church?

When the liturgy is celebrated reverently and in line with all the Rubrics of Sacred Tradition, such as Ad Orientum for example, there initiates a great mystery that the average person who is not educated in the Catholic faith would love to discover.

By the beauty, reverence, piety, adoration, thanksgiving, and all the smells and bells; the fullness of Catholicity and the real presence is made known, even to those who do not know the faith. For example, at the consecration the entire congregation bows in adoration and respect for Christ. This simply informs non Catholics about our belief in the fundamental doctrine and dogma of the real presence, that under the presence of a small host and wine Our God is made present.

Since many lapsed “catholics” no longer believe in the true presence due to watered down Catechesis and modernized liturgy; there shows there is a great crises in the faith itself. Many lapsed Catholics could care less about the truth of the Catholic faith due to the lack of Catholicity in their own parishes, Infact some are even informed by their priests that the eucharist is just a symbol.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch makes it very clear

” They [the Gnostics] abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in his goodness, raised up again.” (Letter to Smyrn 7:1)

Since many Catholics no longer believe in the true faith; we can come to the conclusion that many have fell into the heresy of Gnosticism, and since they reject the true presence, this explains why they also receive the Eucharist in the hands and also in a state of mortal sin. Thus, if we want to evangelize the Catholic faith we must restore sacred tradition in the Liturgy.

– Christian

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3 thoughts on “The New Evangelization and the Liturgy

  1. Keep up the great work Christian Rosario! Many Catholics nowadays have very unclear image of the New Evangelisation. It is not about inventing new faith, it is about rediscovering the roots of our faith, it’s about returning to the Depositum Fidei, the beautiful treasure of our faith. Catholic Church has SO MUCH to offer: the Tradition, the Doctrine, all the rich experience of the generations of our ancestors, the saints, the popes and of course LIVING GOD among us in the Most Holy Sacrament of Eucharist. What more do we want? What more could we possibly need?

    1. Communion in the hand is a sac – relig which shows lack of reverence to Christ and his true presence. Receiving in the hand is basically saying the eucharist is just like any other food, thus I can feed myself instead of humiliating myself through piety to surrender to him as the priest, by his consecrated hands, dispenses him to my as I kneel to the king. Plus, the eucharistic particles are left on the hand and brushed off without you even noticing it, which is a mortal sin since Christ is 100% present in each and every single particle, regardless how small. Thus, christ deserves to be worshiped the way he should, as God and King.

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