Here is a very beautiful quote from Mgr Nichola Bux's new book on NLM
He will touch the holy gifts with wonder and astonishment – the Eucharistic amazement about which John Paul II often talked – and with adoration, and the sacred vessels he will cleanse calmly and carefully, as so many fathers and saints call for. He will bow over the bread and the chalice in saying the consecrating words of Christ and while invoking the Holy Spirit at the supplication or epiclesis. He will elevate them separately fixing his gaze on them in adoration and then lowering it in meditation. He will genuflect twice in solemn adoration. He will continue with recollection and a tone of prayer the anaphora until the doxology, elevating the holy Gifts offering them to the Father. He will recite the Our Father with his hands raised and without holding others by the hand, because that is proper to the rite of peace. The priest will not leave the Sacrament on the altar to offer the sign of peace outside the sanctuary. Instead he will break the host solemnly and visibly, and then genuflect before the Eucharist and pray silently asking again to be freed from every unworthyness in order not to eat and drink his own condemnation and to be preserved for eternal life by the holy Body and precious Blood of Christ. Then he will present the Host to the faithful for communion, supplicating Domine non sum dignus, and bowed he will himself communicate first. Thus he will serve as an example to the faithful.Our faith teaches us reverence, first and foremost for God and the things of God and next for our neighbour. It is always God first, then our neighbour, what Bux says about the priest at the Liturgy and his relationship with God is supposed to flow out beyond mere rubricism, it supposed to change the heart and mind.
The Liturgy, paricularly the Holy Eucharist, is not merely something "we do" but in the words of VII is the "source and summit" of the Life and Mission of the Church. It is the centre of everything.
Without a sense of the absolute and objective sacredness the Church loses its focus and becomes merely a horizantal institution, a club or bunch of do gooders. Even our "doing" good ends up by being relatavistic.
No wonder the Holy Father seems to be obsessed by continuous talk about the dangers of "relativism" especially in the areas of theology and morality, as well as liturgical renewal. The two are not unconnected. Reform of the Liturgy goes hand in hand with reform of the Church's apostolic work. The concern voiced by some over the statements of the former CAFOD Head of Caritas International Lesley-Ann Knight hit at the heart of this. How we pray affects how we live and how we interact with the world. The Holy See's concern that Caritas International should be grounding its work in a properly and authentic Catholic identity is of vital importance. Deacon Nick Donnelly is right to be concerned about Ms Knight's ambiguous words, the Holy See and we have a right to insist that Catholic organisations have the same reverence for the things of God as a priest should have for the Liturgy.
The Church teaches us to have a vision of the Holy, it begins with things liturgical and then flows into the world, to concern for the poor and marginalised, for Life itself and for justice.