Sacrosanctum Concilium 79

Leaving behind the sacraments, we turn to a brief entry on sacramentals, which begins by enlisting the same principle which is to guide the general scope of liturgical reform:

The sacramentals are to undergo a revision which takes into account the primary principle of enabling the faithful to participate intelligently, actively, and easily; the circumstances of our own days must also be considered. When rituals are revised, as laid down in Art. 63, new sacramentals may also be added as the need for these becomes apparent.

Reserved blessings shall be very few; reservations shall be in favor of bishops or ordinaries.

Let provision be made that some sacramentals, at least in special circumstances and at the discretion of the ordinary, may be administered by qualified lay persons.

Intelligent, active, and easy participation: not a bad set of principles to follow.

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