• 02 Jan 18

Jan 2 - “Virgil Michel” © artwork by Julie Lonneman. Happy Memorial Day Virgil

The Benedictine priest Virgil Michel is widely regarded as one of the founders of the liturgical movement in the United States. Fr. Michel believed that liturgy creates Christian community; that it is, in fact, the source and center of all Christian life. He taught that social justice cannot be separated from liturgy. Central to his theology was the revival of the concept of the church as the body of Christ. Eventually many of his ideas were incorporated into Vatican II’s constitution on the liturgy.

“If the first purpose of the liturgical movement is to lead the faithful into more intimate participation in the liturgy of the Church, then the further objective must also be of getting the liturgical spirit to radiate forth from the altar of Christ into every aspect of the daily life of the Christian.”
—Virgil Michel