In an interview with the National Catholic Register’s Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France Bishop Dominique Rey talks about the upcoming Sacra Liturgia 2013 Conference (June 25-28) to be held in Rome. The Sacra Liturgia conference is being co-sponsored by The Cardinal Newman Society. Cardinals, bishops, and other experts on the liturgy will be in attendance.
Speaking of the aims of the conference, Bishop Rey says that its goal is to “show the link between the New Evangelization and the liturgy…because the central thing in the New Evangelization is to meet Jesus Christ, and the central place where we meet Jesus Christ is in the liturgy. The [Church’s] Tradition says that the liturgy is the source and purpose of the mission of the Church.”
Asked about the genesis of the conference, Bishop Rey told the Register:
We live in a secularized society, and we need the expression of the centrality of God. The expression of the centrality of God is given by the liturgy. We live in a superficial world, so, through the liturgy,we discover the presence of God in the Eucharist; it enters in our body and soul. A sense of intimacy, interiority, is given by the liturgy. And in the liturgy we celebrate the fact that the bread becomes the body of Christ; there is a transformation, and so, when I receive the Eucharist, it can transform me, too.
The transformation of the Word begins in the liturgy, in the celebration of the Eucharist, because it’s an expression of the beginning of the transformation of the Word. For all these reasons, we have to restore a real and perfect sense of the liturgy given by the traditional magisterium of the Church given by Vatican II.
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