Notes on the General Preface, pt. iii

Outline, Nature and purpose of the liturgical calendar

1. The Liturgy has Jesus Christ both as its source and object.

2. It is the Epiphany of Jesus and His mysteries both in the Church at large and in the individual soul.

3. It begins with the Creation, continues in progression with the law of the Patriarchs, from thence to the 'Written Law and is completed under Christ's new Law of love.

4. It will disappear in eternity just as the earlier Law submitted to the power of Christ.

5. The faithful need to understand the great glory that the annual repetiion of the Liturgy, gives to the Blessed Trinity, Mary, the Angels and Saints.

The effects of this annual Liturgical cycle:

1. The Church is repeatedly renewed in youthfulness

2. She is visited constantly by Jesus her Lord who furnishes all her needs

3 Annually she follows the mysteries of His life, the institution of the Sacraments, his Passion, death, resurrection, Ascension and his sending of the Holy Spirit.

4. Every year she receives a renewal of graces, the fruits of which she constantly offers to her Lord, who has through his Holy Spirit, so inspired her.

5. Each year God repossesses His Church and repeats His illumining and loving gifts to her.

3. In each unfolding season, the Church benefits from the motherly concern of the Blessed Virgin

4. Each year she is consoled and strengthened by Angels and the Communion of Saints.

5. All this is done for the individuals within her, as well as for the Church as a whole.

6. The cyclic nature of the Liturgy gives supernatural life, without which the individuali soul begins to see that human existence without it, is in fact death.

Warning to the Faithful:

Do not be influenced by the spirit of coldness in faith or love which has resulted in the Sacred Liturgy being treated with indifference, when it should truly be a treasure for all the faithful, whether they be erudite or lowly in learning.

Dom Gueranger's objectives in writing 'The Liturgical year:

He wishes to 'serve as interpreter within the Church' and therefore to facilitate access to the Sacred Liturgy, by all the faithful. By no means does he intend to put his own thoughts on a par with those of Jesus Christ. All he intends is to demonstrate the varying influences on the Liturgy by the Holy Spirit as the yearly cycle unfolds. To these ends he will employ study of the Fathers and the most ancient liturgists.

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