From a Homily by Fr Augustine given at mass on May 11th, 2016.
Remembering Father Anthony the liturgist...
“…Yet the liturgy we know has a preeminent place in the monastic life. Of course that is born out from the Rule of St. Benedict and reaffirmed in our constitution and statutes. We are always called though to integrate liturgy in life - it’s a real error to separate the two. We can’t live the liturgy without bringing our life experience into it and our conversion beforehand into the liturgy - at the same time - I think it’s especially true of us monks, that we can’t live our life of faith without being exposed, affected, and nourished by the liturgy - and this is brought out very clearly in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy - Sacrosanctum Concilium where it ways and I quote literally, “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fountain from which all her power flows.”
That sums it all up right there…
There was a man who understood that very clearly (Fr Anthony)...in fact he gave us a class on this - some of you might remember - this very point from Sacrosanctum Concilium, it emphasizes this very point.
I learned a great deal of liturgy from Father Anthony - amongst many other things, of course, but certainly his love and appreciation of liturgy. When I first came here he was MC for a little while. In my opinion he was not a good MC – he would, in what I would call, “in typical Delisi fashion”, 10 minutes before the event he would finally get himself organized and somehow pull the whole thing off without paying attention to many of the details. He had I believe what I would say is a good sense of liturgy and loved the liturgy - he loved it deeply. He appointed me his MC and I think what I am most grateful for is his help he gave to me in learning how to say mass. I know I will miss him. We will all miss him. And I bring him into this liturgy today as I will in the days to come, in the weeks to come, and surely in the years to come. Amen
Listen to the complete homily here. Click on May 11, 2016