Today, we move into the first of six chapters in the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity. Chapter I addresses “The Vocation of the Laity to the Apostolate.”
When the Council Fathers use the term “apostolate”, they are basically referring to the work of the Church, particularly in spreading the Gospel. As the word “apostle” literally means “one who is sent”, the term “apostolate” referes to the work we are sent to do. In the context of this document, it refers to the work of the laity in spreading the Gospel.
Article 2 offfers us one of the documents memorable quotes: “In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission.” Being a part of the “Mystical Body of Christ” and also part of the world, the laity have a great responsibility and duty in the work of evangelization.
Here is the Scripture citation:
And the footnotes:
1. cf. Pius XI, encyclical “Rerum Ecclesiae:” A.A.S. 18 (1926) p. 65.
2. cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Nature of the Church, no. 31: A.A.S. 57 (1965) p. 37.