Oblation: Liturgy and Evangelization (coming March 31, 2011)

In his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, Benedict XVI writes regarding the Eucharist:

“The substantial conversion of bread and wine into his body and blood introduces within creation the principle of a radical change, a sort of “nuclear fission,” to use an image familiar to us today, which penetrates to the heart of all being, a change meant to set off a process which transforms reality, a process leading ultimately to the transfiguration of the entire world, to the point where God will be all in all (cf. 1 Cor 15:28)” (no. 11).

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy’s electronic journal,  “Oblation:  Liturgy and Evangelization,” explores this radical change, the transformation of all human existence, through contemplation of the liturgical pedagogy of the Church.  And this pedagogy is incomprehensible outside of the mission of evangelization that is defining of the Church’s very identity as a “sacrament–a sign and instrument, that is, of communion with God and of the unity of the entire human race….” (Lumen Gentium, no. 1).

We embark on this exploration, this pilgrimage toward greater understanding of the evangelical nature of liturgical prayer, through articles and videos on liturgical spirituality; on teaching liturgy and sacraments in parishes and schools; on the relationship between liturgy and culture including music and art, politics and society; on developing a sacramental mysticism; on liturgy and Bible, including examples of sermons that we see as “evangelical.”  And, of course, more that we can only imagine.

As we prepare to launch this journal in the coming weeks, we hope that you might join us in our thoughtful consideration of these themes, emailing us with comments and suggestions (tomalley@nd.edu).  And of course, engaging in the process of self-appropriation whereby you come to take up the Eucharistic vocation of the Christian–that capacity to recognize all within the pattern of God’s gift giving, offering the spiritual worship appropriate to our priestly, prophetic, and kingly identity.