Sacrosanctum Concilium 18

Read it, then discuss the two things priests are called to do.

Priests, both secular and religious, who are already working in the Lord’s vineyard are to be helped by every suitable means to understand ever more fully what it is that they are doing when they perform sacred rites; they are to be aided to live the liturgical life and to share it with the faithful entrusted to their care.

1. Deepening their understanding of what they do–that’s a tall order. It implies that a substantial part of a diocese’s or order’s continuing education of its clergy should focus on liturgy.

2. That sharing of the liturgical life with the faithful includes Liturgy of the Hours, wouldn’t you say?

Any priests out there with comments on how they are helped or hindered in following through on SC 18? Or lay people with bad or especially good examples of clergy they know?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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