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Be joyful and gladdened in your interior recollection with Him.

St. John of the Cross


George Mangiaracina, O.C.D.

Reverend George Mangiaracina, O.C.D., a member of the Discalced Carmelites of Washington.


Lecture by George Mangiaracina O.C.D.

Liturgy and Personal Spirituality

George Mangiaracina O.C.D.

For many, liturgy and personal spirituality are treated as two separate realities or categories that never meet. It is possible that with the liturgy being in Latin and personal prayer of the faithful being in the language of the person praying, the liturgy began to look more and more like the prayer of priests and religious because they knew Latin. Others looked at liturgy not so much as an ordering of symbolic acts that bought you into the presence of the Trinity, but as a series of causal acts that made Christ present, especially in the bread and wine changed into the body and blood of Christ.