Our Church's Sanctuary
Our sanctuary is blessed with this beautiful triptych. A triptych is a set of three associated works that are meant to be appreciated as one piece. The center crucifix is accompanied by an icon on either side. The icons were written by Fr. Jon Buffington. The triptych was blessed on August 18, 2019, with Bishop Peter Smith presiding.
The Writing of the St. Therese Church Icons
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The word "Liturgy" originally meant a "public work" or a "service in the name of/on behalf of the people." In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in "the work of God." Through the liturgy Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption, in, with, and through, his Church. In a liturgical celebration the Church is the servant in the image of her Lord, the one "leitourgos"; she shares in Christ's priesthood (worship), which is both prophetic (proclamation) and kingly (service of charity). The liturgy then is rightly seen as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. It involves the presentation of man's sanctification under the guise of signs perceptible by the senses and its accomplishment in ways appropriate to each of these signs. In it full public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members. From this it follows that every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others. No other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree."
Within this context the Liturgy Committee is tasked to ensure that Liturgy in our Parish reflects the love and reverence that the celebration of the Holy Eucharist rightfully deserves.
Fr. Steve Geer
Our Sanctuary during Christmas 2019