For more information regarding the Worship Commission, please contact Antoinette LaCinski
Courtesy of the Diocese of Lansing:
"The wonderful works of God among the people of the Old Testament were a prelude to
the work of Christ the Lord. He achieved his work of redeeming humanity and giving
perfect glory to God, principally by the paschal mystery of his blessed passion,
resurrection from the dead and glorious ascension, whereby, dying he destroyed our death
and rising he restored our life". (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 5).
Christ continues to redeem God's people and remains present in his Church, especially in
its liturgical celebrations. With Christ as our high priest, we celebrate this same paschal
mystery and offer thanks to God for the great gift of our salvation. All liturgy, then, is an
exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. "...Every liturgical celebration, because it
is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body the Church, is a sacred action surpassing
all others; no other action of the Church can equal its effectiveness by the same title and
to the same degree". (CSL 7; canon 834.1).
The word "liturgy" is derived from the Greek word, litourgia B "the work of the people".
Our Christian liturgy, however, is really God's work. We cooperate in God's work. At his
invitation, we gather together to worship him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24).
And in this worship, we both express and foster faith. "Faith grows when it is well
expressed in celebration. Good celebrations foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations
may weaken it" (Sing to the Lord, 5). Therefore, it is with the utmost pastoral concern
that pastors and parish leaders must prepare liturgies that are in accord with the liturgical
books and documents, bear fidelity to the rich heritage of the Church, and enable "the
full, active and conscious participation of the assembly". (CSL 14, 42).
These goals are best served when dedicated persons are attentive to how liturgy is
celebrated. Therefore, each parish should develop and maintain a Parish Worship
Commission, who works in collaboration with the bishop and the pastor.