SAINT PIUS OF PEITRELCINA
September 23, 2017
Readings of the day: RB 5:14-19Mass: 1 Timothy 6:13-16; Resp. Psalm 100; Luke 8:4-15
Today I remember a dear friend, mentor, and teacher, Father Paschal Cheline, OSB (1936-2015), who inculcated me with a love of and reverence for all things liturgical. In one of his classes, Fr Paschal offered a definition of liturgy: “The celebration of the presence of Jesus Christ the Lord among us in signs.” He also gave his students the definition taught him by his friend and confrere, Abbot Bonaventure Zerr, OSB (1936-1988). Abbot Bonaventure defined liturgy as Psalm 100, today’s Responsorial Psalm.Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.Worship the Lord with gladness;come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.It is he who made us, and we are his;we are his people, and the sheep ofhis pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,and his courts with praise.Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,and his faithfulness to all generations.Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, “the source and summit of the whole Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, 11), grant us the grace to worship you with gladness and thanksgiving; with praise, singing joyful songs to the Lord. PADRE PIO, SAINT PASCHAL BAYLON, SAINT BONAVENTURE, PRAY FOR US.