Bonnie LeeCoordinator, Pastoral Office of Worship & Liturgy218/281-4533, x426BLee@crookston.org
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Theological BackgroundThe members of the Church join themselves to Christ’s sacrifice of praise not as individuals but as members of his Body, the Church. It is through the apostles, the conveners of the Church, that such worship is made possible. Without the apostles or their ordained successors, liturgy is not possible, for it is the apostles, “who gathered the Church to “eat the supper of the Lord [and] proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes” and who “continued steadfastly in the teaching of the apostles and in the communion of the breaking of bread and in prayers . . . praising God and being in favor with all the people” (Acts 2:41-47).” Today, that Apostolic ministry is continued through bishops and through their priests.Saint Paul, bearer of the Apostolic ministry of the Church described himself: “Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (1 Corinthians 4:1). And as Hebrews 8:2-3 describes, the Bishop--as successor to the Apostles--is appointed as leitourgos (Liturgist) and archiereus (High Priest): responsible for divine worship; having the task of ordering, promoting and safeguarding the entire liturgical life of the diocesan Church.