“The word ‘liturgy’ originally meant a ‘public work’ or a ‘service in the name of/on behalf of the people.’ In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in ‘the work of God.’ Through the liturgy, Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church.” (CCC 1069)

Ministering the presence and healing ministry of Christ in the healthcare setting requires a devotion to the presence of Christ. “Christ is always present in His Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations.”(Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 7) The liturgy “is the font from which all [the Church’s] power flows,” and it “moves the faithful…into the love of Christ and sets them on fire. From the liturgy, therefore, and especially from the Eucharist, as from a font, grace is poured forth upon us; and the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God, to which all other activities of the Church are directed as toward their end, is achieved in the most efficacious possible way.”(Id. at n. 10)