Liturgy means service to God, also God’s service and help. Liturgy includes the verbal form, chants, gestures, actions, movement, gait and the use of liturgical vessels.

Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius

During the Liturgy, Christ, our Redeemer and High Priest, continues the work of our Redemption in, with and through His Church.

The primary definition of liturgy is “public work”, or “serving the public”. Through a traditional Christian context said words express God’s nation participating in “God’s works”. The liturgy is therefore rightly seen as a fulfilment of Christ’s priestly task, in which sanctification is expressed in visible signs and imparted to each person in a distinctive way, and the mystical Body of Christ worships God in a public and perfect way. Every celebration of the liturgy, as the work of the priest (Christ) and His body (the Church) is especially sacred. No other act of the Church equals its magnitude.

While Catholics around the world believe in the same God and have similar ways of worshipping God, each community has its own way of expressing their faith. In this way, the liturgy gives special prominence not only to the divine supernatural realm, but also to the human realm, which can vary from place to place and community to community. The community worships God through the liturgy using appropriate liturgical posture, gestures, words and objects. In this way, the community draws closer to God through the Holy Spirit: from the visible to the invisible, from the sign to the mystery.

(Prepared according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church)