When we celebrate the Liturgy, God is perfectly glorified and man is sanctified. At various times throughout the day, we praise God together and intercede for the needs of people all over the world in the Liturgy of the Hours.We are formed by the liturgy as we strive to live the life of perfection to which we have been called.
Every liturgical action, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body the Church, is a sacred action, surpassing all others.
The goal of participation in liturgical actions is to obtain grace that is not yet possessed. In liturgical celebrations is made present one or other aspect of the mystery of Christ, in which the human person can find constant energy and support for his journey on the path of christian perfection. Through sacramental signs, we draw from the sources of salvation, to be moulded and transfomed until our lives conform to the life of Christ. Therefore, by bringing us into contact with the sacred mysteries, the Liturgy invites us to strive for holiness, responding to the call of the Gospel, “Be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect”.
A liturgical celebration must be attentive. One must avoid distraction and be determined to focus one’s spirit, which requires control of the senses, to avoid being swayed by the many objects that attract the gaze and distract the attention. Attention requires silence, especially the inner silence of a peaceful, tranquil heart and which in turn requires external silence. Those who take part in a liturgical action, should observe an interval marked by silence, recollection and prayer, immediately prior to it, even if it is only brief, to focus one’s thoughts before concentrating on the recitation of the psalms.