Christians are identified by their participation in liturgy. In
this primer, Catherine Vincie introduces readers to current
liturgical theology by providing them with the foundational themes
of the field. She explains that liturgy draws us into the paschal
mystery of Jesus Christ, that it should create a space in which we
attempt to name toward God by employing an abundance of metaphors
and images, and that the sacraments are communicated and understood
through the use of symbols. Vincie is grounded in the liturgical
reforms of the Second Vatican Council. As such, "Celebrating Divine
Mystery" seeks to draw readers into full, conscious, and active
participation" in the liturgy by informing them about recent
scholarship and challenging them to enter the divine mystery as
informed and engaged participants.
"Catherine Vincie, RSHM, PhD, is professor of sacramental and
liturgical theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St.
Louis. She is also author of "The Role of the Assembly in
Christian" Initiation and many articles on initiation, Eucharist,
and liturgy and justice. As a practicing liturgical musician, she
is also interested in the role of the arts in past and current
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