Sacrosanctum Concilium 97

Roman sensibility rears its head:

Appropriate instances are to be defined by the rubrics in which a liturgical service may be substituted for the divine office.

In particular cases, and for a just reason, ordinaries can dispense their subjects wholly or in part from the obligation of reciting the divine office, or may commute the obligation.

Although the major hours may be appended to a celebration of Mass, I’m really at a loss as to what kind of liturgical services may be substituted for Lauds or Vespers.

Just as an aside, When I was pondering the possibility of an eventual marriage in my 20’s, I did think about Friday Vespers as a setting for the Rite of Marriage if I were to wed a non-Catholic woman. Or possibly a lessons and carols format, which is essentially the Office of Readings.

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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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One Response to Sacrosanctum Concilium 97

  1. …essentially the Office of Readings…

    Yes, but more specifically, what is known as an extended Vigil, which can be held at various times throughout the year — and here is a curious thing, perhaps you could blog about — can one not have either a Liturgy of the Hours Vigil — such as “Lessons and Carols” — or a Eucharistic Vigil — such as Easter Vigil? I.e., I’ve seen proposals for a Pentecost Vigil Mass, and I’ve considered the possibility; I’ve also thought about some sort of Christmas Vigil, although such ideas may never see the light of day…

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