The Mass is the highest form of worship that we can offer God, but it is not the only form of liturgy, or "public work of worship", that we offer God. Read about the different types of liturgical prayer below that we encourage here at St. Laurence.
The liturgy is also a participation in Christ's own prayer addressed to the Father in the Holy Spirit. In the liturgy, all Christian prayer finds its source and goal. Through the liturgy the inner man is rooted and grounded in "the great love with which [the Father] loved us" in his beloved Son. It is the same "marvelous work of God" that is lived and internalized by all prayer, "at all times in the Spirit. -Catechism of the Catholic Church 1073
The Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church begins with Advent and proceeds through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through the prayers, the colors, Scripture readings, the "smells and the bells" of the Liturgical Calendar, we as a people are immersed more deeply into the Mystery of Christ and the drama of eternal salvation.
At St. Laurence, we strive to Live the Liturgical Seasons of the Catholic Church in all we do. By learning more about what the Church desires for us during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time, we will be more acutely aware of the gift of the seasons and be better stewards of our time here on earth.
The Readings for the Mass are available for you to prepare ahead of time for the Readings at Mass on Sunday, or to keep up with Daily Mass. St. Jerome, the greatest biblical scholar/translator in Church history, said that "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." What better way is there for us to come to know Christ than through the Sacred Word given to us in the midst of the Mass?
The Spirit is always moving through men and women throughout history. The lives of the saints that have gone before us, show us the path to Jesus Christ and reveal the power and reality of his love. Within the Liturgical Calendar we celebrate the witness of these great men and women and apply their life-lessons to our own journey into Christ.