Here are the closing remarks of Bishop Rey at Sacra Liturgia:
The new evangelization is a challenge: spiritual, theological, and pastoral; one which must get the Church back onto its feet. Indeed, at the start of this third millennium, we have changed to a new paradigm: that of a post-modernity that implies “a recommencing from Christ with a fresh zeal for new methods and for new expressions” (Speech by John-Paul II at the 14th plenary meeting of CELAM).
The history of evangelization throughout the centuries shows how the great missionaries were great men of prayer, and more specifically of authentic devotion. It also shows the correlation between the quality and depth of the liturgical life, which also reveals an apostolic dynamism. Indeed, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of all Christian life” (Lumen Gentium n.11) and “the source and summit of all evangelization” (Presbyterorum ordinis n.5). This is what Benedict XVI affirmed with emphasis in his apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist:
“The love that we celebrate in the sacrament is not something we can keep to ourselves. By its very nature it demands to be shared with all. What the world needs is God’s love; it needs to encounter Christ and to believe in him. The Eucharist is thus the source and summit not only of the Church’s life, but also of her mission: “an authentically eucharistic Church is a missionary Church.” ” (Sacramentum Caritatis n.84)
The new evangelization will also need to anchor itself to a profound eucharistic and liturgical renewal by rediscovering the sources of its tradition and the diversity of its expressions in the Church’s heritage; especially the mutual enrichment of the two forms of the Roman rite, in its fidelity to liturgical norms and usage, particularly in revivifying the ars celebrandi in order to enter into the work of redemption, of sanctification and of glorification, intended by Christ, and which continues in the Church through the celebration of the sacred mysteries.
I hope that the conference Sacra Liturgia 2013 has contributed to this liturgical renewal in “the spirit of the liturgy” as taught by Benedict XVI and I hope that it has been a source of inspiration and hope. As the conference comes to an end, I would like to thank every single one of you for your participation, the speakers for the quality of their talks, the team of organizers around Dom Alcuin, the translators, and of course the University of Sancta Croce for welcoming us, as well as all the benefactors.
A very big thank you.
Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon