Port Coquitlam, B.C.
—PASTORAL LETTER ON SACRED MUSIC IN DIVINE WORSHIP "REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS" OF THE BISHOP OF MARQUETTE MOST REVEREND ALEXANDER K. SAMPLE TO THE PRIESTS, DEACONS, RELIGIOUS, MUSICIANS AND FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE
“The best catechesis on the liturgy is
the liturgy itself celebrated well.”
Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus
“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst”
For in the celebration of Mass,
in which the Sacrifice of the Cross is perpetuated,
Christ is really present in the very assembly gathered in his name,
in the person of the minister, in his word,
and indeed substantially and uninterruptedly under the Eucharistic species.
GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal), 27
Pastors must therefore realize that, when the liturgy is celebrated,
more is required than mere observance of the laws
governing valid and licit celebration.
It is their duty also to ensure that the faithful take part
knowingly and actively, and fruitfully.
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 11