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Liturgical Ministries

He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed  (Daniel 7:14)

The word liturgy comes from a Greek word, liturgia, meaning "the work of the people."  

In its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Second Vatican Council (1961-63) restored to the lay members of the contemporary Church several ministries which had been initiated by the Church of the First Century, but excluded from lay participation or omitted entirely during succeeding generations. For the fist time in a millennium, the liturgy once again became truly "the work of the people."  

Every sacrament has its own special liturgy, in which God*s people work as ministers and participants, but the word itself has come to refer most specifically to the Mass. Actually, the Mass is a combination of two liturgies: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The first part of the Mass celebrates and proclaims Christ*s life and teaching through Scripture, or the Word; the second part celebrates and makes present through the Eucharist Christ*s Last Supper with his friends, his sacrificial death and his victorious resurrection.  

The primary ministry at every Mass is the Assembly of  people, gathered to worship God. Next is the Priest, leading and presiding.   At Our Lady of Refuge, additional  liturgical ministries include: