Liturgy and Scripture
from the Liturgy Office
at the Catholic Bishops Conference
of England and Wales
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As the Second Vatican Council teaches,
“the Church has always venerated
the divine Scriptures
as she has venerated the Lord’s body,
in that she never ceases,
above all in the sacred liturgy,
to partake of the bread of life
and to offer it to the faithful
from the one table of the word of God
and the body of Christ”
(Dei Verbum, 21).
The word of God is in no way less than the Body of Christ; nor should it be received less worthily.
I ask you, brothers or sisters, tell me: which to you seems the greater, the word of God, or the Body of Christ? If you wish to say what is true you will have to answer that the word of God is not less than the Body of Christ.
Therefore just as when the Body of Christ is administered to us, what care do we not use so that nothing of it falls from our hands to the ground, so should we with equal care see that the word of God which is being imparted to us shall not be lost to our soul, while we speak or think of something else.
For he who listens carelessly to the word of God is not less guilty than he who through his own inattention suffers the Body of Christ to fall to the ground.
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