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date: 21 January 2019

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The relationship between sacrament and liturgy is mutually edifying. This article first dilates the definition of liturgy in order to understand it as the activity of the Trinity, establishing a hierarchical ladder for descent and ascent, in which we cooperatively anticipate to attain deification. Second, the liturgy is presented as a sacramental act flowing from the paschal mystery and knitting us into a people of God. Third, sacraments are presented as liturgical acts, as defined by Sacrosanctum Concilium. Liturgy is not the religion of the old Adam; it is the cult of the new Adam, wherein the praise of Christ passes through the lips of his church.

Keywords: liturgy, sacraments, mystery, perichoresis, hierarchy, deification, paschal mystery, Schmemann, Michel, Corbon, symbol, Sacrosanctum Concilium

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