Question: What is unique about how Apostoli Viae views and encourages participation in the liturgy?
Answer: The unique perspective of Apostoli Viae regarding the liturgy can be summed up in a few key principals:
- Sovereignty of God’s Desire: God decides how He wants to be worshipped and His desire should be honored above all else. He is God, and we are not. He has given us everything, and our worship should be an expression of humble gratitude to Him in whatever way He specifies. He is to be at the center of our worship, not us. Those who seek to worship Him with authenticity and humility, will gladly and joyfully yield to His preferences and have no concern for their own.
- The Voice of Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” should be the guiding principle behind our action and participation in the liturgy. What He tells us in and through the magisterium should be the first and last word regarding how we should or should not pursue worship.
- The Guidance of the Magisterium: God’s preferences are reflected in and through the Holy Spirit’s guidance of the magisterium of the Church. This teaching authority expresses itself in the rubrics of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and related documents that guide our practice and participation. The documents we should reflect upon, and study, are both pre and post conciliar.
- A Hermeneutic of Continuity: Because God has never abandoned His Church or ceased to guide it, AV members always seek prayerful engagement with theologians and liturgists who reflect a hermeneutic of continuity rather than rupture.
- Freedom and Humility: When there is freedom in liturgical practice, AV members will always gravitate to those expressions that are most humble, and most reverent according to history, theology, and tradition, not personal or popular opinion, preference, or modern innovation that lacks mooring in sacred history and tradition.
- The Voice of Judas: Judas questioned extravagant worship, and Jesus affirmed and memorialized it; and we now ensure that the beauty of the Church is available to all without distinction. Though ministry to the poor is extremely important and prominent within AV, it is always subordinate to worship. We should be extravagant in our worship and trust that in response He will provide all we need to serve the poor well.
- Our Disposition: AV members embrace these perspectives both to better orient their hearts to God in an attitude of humble worship, and to be a sign to the Church and world of the beauty and joy of faithful Catholicism. Our disposition or instincts should never be one of criticism or irritation with those who disagree or are disobedient to the Church. Instead, our disposition is one of humility and gentleness as we seek to live out our beautiful tradition in the Church and to draw all hearts and minds to God through our teaching, devotion, and practice.
Finally, though we honor and seek to live and promote our faithful liturgical patrimony, we never allow matters of liturgy to divide us. Division comes when liturgy and liturgical preference becomes a matter of idolatry or when these principals are rejected or neglected. Said another way, it is possible to worship liturgy or our preferences rather than to worship the God to whom the liturgy seeks to lead us. We know our concern for liturgy is idolatry or a form of attachment when matters of the liturgy lead to anger, resentment, factions, or division rooted in a rejection of our most glorious tradition or a failure to exercise patience and charity with those who disagree or who have yet to be properly formed.
An authenticly faithful perspective on liturgy unites its participants as they together kneel and worship the God for whom all faithful liturgy exists.