The liturgy, and
especially the Eucharist, is the privileged place where the Church
confesses her faith. She confesses it in the loftiest way possible,
that is, in a dialogue of love with her Lord. The liturgical
expression of this dialogue is marked by the fact that it is not a
single believer or group of believers who are at stake, but the
Church herself. It is a matter of "public" prayer whose importance,
because of its character, surpasses that of other prayers. In fact,
as the Council says, "no other action of the Church can equal its
efficacy by the same title and to the same degree" (cf.
SacrosanctuM Concilium, n. 7). This prayer is intrinsically
determined by the profession of faith.
Commentary on the
Instruction "Redemptionis Sacraentum"
An Intervention by
Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino