Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Bible emerges from sacred tradition as a liturgical book... the Bible’s native context is the sacred liturgy

The Bible emerges from sacred tradition as a liturgical book; for this reason the Bible’s native context is the sacred liturgy. Only in this, its native context, can it be heard rightly, for the Church alone is the space in which the Word of God, contained in the Scriptures, attains its fullest and most powerful resonance."
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In the Radiance of the Liturgy
The Bible, this liturgical book belonging to the Church, is also the source of a personal hearing of the Word of God, notably in lectio divina. Unlike Protestants who may open the Bible at random, or follow a personal reading plan, or use it to prepare a teaching or sermon, Catholic and Orthodox Christians submit to the Church’s use of the Bible in the liturgy. Lectio divina is, then, intrinsically related to the sacred liturgy; it flows out of the sacred liturgy and back into it. The Catholic or Orthodox Christian can never, even when reading the Scriptures in solitude, remove the Bible from its native context, which is the sacred liturgy. Only in the radiance of the sacred liturgy — and in relationship to the altar, towards which the proclamation of the Word God orients us, — can one read and hear the Scriptures as the Holy Ghost, who inspired them, intends.
excellent article at Vultus Christi

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