Worship in the faith life of a community of believers is expressed when the church gathers to celebrate the liturgy and the sacraments.
Our liturgical celebrations at Saint Margaret Mary support the Assembly’s worship with the service of liturgical ministries built on the time, talent and treasure of our people. We strive to provide well prepared liturgies that are supported by well trained ministers serving as lectors, ministers of hospitality-ushers, altar servers, choir, cantors, musicians and mandated ministers of Holy Communion in a well prepared liturgical environment.
We seek to provide musical selections that reflect the scriptures of the day and which coordinate with the liturgical rites and offer a variety of styles and singable music appropriate to the season, celebration and the Assembly.
We strive to provide quality worship celebrations which reflect the liturgical documents of the Roman Catholic Church and the liturgical guidelines of the Archdiocese of Louisville.
For more information on the nature of Roman Catholic worship please see the information below.
“The Christian community, united by the Holy Spirit, gathers for worship in response to God’s call. Jesus, our High Priest, is the principal agent of our celebration. The bishop or priest acts in the person of Christ, the Head of the Church. All the worshipers participate actively with interior devout attention and with external reverence shown by singing the hymns and giving the responses and, when appropriate, observing silence.” (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, p. 218)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2097) gives this motivational aspect to the act of worship:
“To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute submission, the ‘nothingness of the creature’ who would not exist but for God. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy is his name. The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and idolatry of the world.”
The call to “full, conscious, and active participation” is found in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council.
“The Church earnestly desires that all the faithful be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people’ (1 Pt 2:9; see 2: 4-5) is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.” (SC, no. 14)
The community gathers in the presence of Christ (“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Mt 18:20 ) to witness the faith to those gathered and to the world. The community gathers to be fed by the Word of God in the Scriptures and to be fed by the sacrament of the Eucharist, giving thanks. Thanksgiving is in the very nature of the Eucharist as the word means thanksgiving or gratitude. It is in sharing the Eucharist that those gathered become one in Christ, becoming the Body of Christ visible in the world as they go forth as witnesses by the way they live their lives.
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