Liturgy for Life makes a clarion call for an authentic and radical epiclesis or prayer of life as it should be lived under the unction of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God motivates, inspires and puts into constant flame the liturgical spirituality that is actually synonymous with liturgy for life in overtures. This explains the rationale for exploring all possibilities within the means available to the Church to make liturgical celebrations ever more relevant to the people particularly in their given cultural backgrounds. One of the notable features of Liturgy for Life consists in making the liturgical celebrations, particularly the Eucharist, a privileged platform where the oppressor and the oppressed share the common tables of the Word and Sacrament. The effect of such eucharistic encounters truly disposes the oppressor towards a clear realization of the enormity of injustice and wounds inherent in his or her actions. A sense of remorse arises, thus leading to sincere redress and reconciliation. Ultimately, both parties become fully regenerated by the spirit of liturgy for better and mutual co-existence, now and beyond.
Patrick Chukwudezie Chibuko is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Nigeria, since his priestly ordination in 1983 and Senior Lecturer in Sacred Liturgy at the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, since 1991. He obtained his Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico, Roma, in 1990. He is the author of four additional books and was the editor of over ten monograph series and wrote two dozen articles published in learned local and international journals.