Our shared community life and our celebration of the divine liturgy as established and regulated by the Roman Catholic church are our principal ways of proclaiming the Good News.
The external dimensions of catholic worship; the architectural setting, music in its many forms, ritual, the authorised liturgical books and sacred objects have been valued by the Ealing monks as ways in which all in the assembly may participate fully and profoundly in the mystery of Christian worship.
The sacred liturgy of the Christian Churches is understood in different ways by different churches. In the Catholic and Orthodox tradition the liturgy is the mediation of God to the human race and of the human race to God. Through the Word of God taking our flesh in Jesus Christ’s conception and birth, God assumed our humanity. Through this same wonderful mystery of the “incarnation” human being participate in the divine life. This two-way exchange of life and nature between God and human beings is called in classic terminology, “the divine-human exchange” (admirabile commercium) or “wondrous exchange“. So Catholics believe that in the sacred liturgy we participate in the life of God
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