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Why is the Mass sometimes referred to as a “worship service”?
A worship service is in the first place a service that God performs for us, and only then is it our service offered to God. God gives himself to us under the form of holy signs – so that we might do the same: give ourselves unreservedly to him.
Jesus is there in Word and sacrament – God is present. That is the first and most important thing about every liturgy. Only then do we enter the picture. Jesus sacrifices his life for us so that we might offer to him the spiritual sacrifice of our life. In the Eucharist, Christ gives himself to us, so that we might give ourselves to him. Thus we take part in the redeeming and transforming sacrifice of Christ. Our little life is burst open and led into the kingdom of God. God can live his life in our lives.