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I am giving a talk on church rites and I wanted to ask regarding the concept of time and the liturgical rites we practice. For example, when we celebrate the Eucharist, we are partaking of the flesh and blood of Christ, we believe that we partake of the same flesh and blood as was given to the apostles in the night of the last supper. God continually changes and transforms these offerings into His flesh and blood every time we celebrate the Liturgy. The sacrifice has already been offered and yet we partake of it in every Liturgy; in this sense, you can say that this rite is outside the realm of time, or surpasses it. I also understand that when we celebrate a certain event (i.e. the holy fifty) we "enter" into that reality. Yes, we not only commemorate the event but we actively live in it...so I have been told. I was wondering if someone can elaborate on what this means exactly....
I have an idea in mind but I would like clarification. My idea is that, say for the feast of nativity, we say "Christ is born." Now, an outside spectator might come and say "you mean Christ was born?" But in actuality Christ IS being "born" in the life of the individual, in the sense that Christ is starting to become more apparent in my life; He is starting to appear through my repentance...in the same way He is "risen" in me every time I find strength in Him.....this is all speculation i guess....i would like to hear your thoughts