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Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ • 179

Sunday, the Church will continue to show to every generation

“the true fulcrum of history, to which the mystery of the world’s

origin and its final destiny leads.”

—Pope John Paul II,

At the Close of the Great Jubilee of the

Year 2000


Novo Millennio Ineunte

; NMI), no. 35


Sing to the Lord a new song,

a hymn in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in their maker,

the people of Zion rejoice in their king. . . .

Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,

cry out for joy at their banquet,

With the praise of God in their mouths.

—Ps 149:1-2, 5-6

How I wept when I heard your hymns and canticles, being

deeply moved by the sweet singing of your Church.

—St. Augustine,

The Confessions

, bk. 9, chap. 6;

Liturgy of the Hours

, vol. IV, 1337