Liturgical Theology



A few thoughts on blessing:

  • Blessing is a divine and life-giving action, the source of which is God the Father; his blessing is both word and gift. When applied to humankind, the word “blessing” means adoration and surrender to the Creator in thanksgiving.
  • From the beginning until the end of time, the whole of God’s work is a blessing. From the liturgical poem of the first creation to the canticles of the heavenly Jerusalem, the inspired authors proclaim the plan of salvation as one vast divine blessing.
  • The divine blessings were made manifest in astonishing and saving events: the birth of Issac, the escape from Egypt (Passover and Exodus), the gift of the promised land, the election of David, the presence of God in the Temple, the purifying exile, and return of a “small remnant”. The Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms, interwoven in the liturgy of the Chosen People, recall these divine blessings and at the same time respond to them with blessings of praise and thanksgiving.
  • In the Church’s liturgy, the divine blessing is fully revealed and communicated. God the Father is acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all blessings of creation and salvation. In his Word who became incarnate, died, and rose for us, he fills us with his blessings. Through his Word, he pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit.

And so I say to you,

Let us bless God,
and give thanks.
May the divine assistance remain with us always,
And with all those who are absent.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Catechism of the Catholic Church: § 1078, 1079, 1081, and 1082