The liturgy at Saint Bart’s seeks to clearly mark the various seasons of the church’s year. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states that
“Within the cycle of a year the church unfolds the mystery of Christ, from the incarnation and birth until the ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of blessed hope and of the coming of the Lord. Recalling the mysteries of redemption, the Church opens to the faithful the riches of her Lord’s powers and merits, so that these are in some way made present for all time, and the faithful are enabled to lay hold upon them and become filled with saving grace.”
To be filled with saving grace: that’s the gift of Christ that we receive in our celebration of the Church’s liturgy! Through the rhythms of the liturgical year we experience the fullness of God’s grace in a powerful way. We wait his coming in Advent. We proclaim the Word made flesh at Christmas. We implore his mercy during Lent. We rejoice in his resurrection at Easter. And we seek to grow closer to the Lord through Ordinary Time.
It is liturgy whose ritual and music seeks to invite – in its varied sounds and textures, into the mystery of this rhythm.