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samedi 17 juin 2017

Sacra Liturgia Milan: Concluding Remarks

We have reached the end of our four days of Sacra Liturgia Milan. I congratulate you on your perseverance!

In these days we have been blessed to be able to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy according to the great and rich tradition of the Ambrosian rite. We have been privileged by the presence of holy men and to learn from great scholars. We have made new friends and have shared our concerns and our hopes for the liturgical renewal that the Church of our day so desperately needs.

My brothers and sisters, the graces given to us in these days have been given to us by the Providence of Almighty God for a definite reason. Perhaps we do not ourselves yet know how God wishes us to use all that he has given us. But he has brought us together here for His purposes, which, if we remain faithful to Him, He will reveal to us through our lives and ministry, each of us according to our different vocations.

Perhaps there is one thing that each of us can do: that is, to accept and repeat the call of His Eminence, Cardinal Sarah, to reflect deeply on the value of receiving the Blessed Eucharist in Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue—in our catechesis of children, in our formation of young people and of seminarians and religious, and in our own personal practice. ....

We have held Sacra Liturgia Conferences in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. At this time there is no definite plan for a Sacra Liturgia Conference in 2018, but some proposals are being examined for future years. We welcome proposals from people, especially from bishops and people who wish to wish to do a lot of hard work in organising a conference .

This afternoon our conference will conclude at the Metropolitan cathedral with solemn vespers, exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and with the singing of the Te Deum. I must leave earlier for an engagement in Toulon and I ask you to excuse my absence: Dom Alcuin will represent me there.

There is much for which to give thanks and praise at vespers this evening. Sometimes the liturgical apostolate is hard: there are many challenges. But as you sing the Te Deum be thankful for all that we have been given in these days. And after the Te Deum, at the altar of Blessed Ildefonso Schuster, where this conference will conclude, beg his intercession. Ask this holy monk, archbishop and cardinal to obtain for us the graces necessary to be zealous and faithful apostles of the Sacred Liturgy.

I thank you for your presence at Sacra Liturgia Milan.

May God bless you all.

+Dominique Rey
Bishop of Frejus-Toulon