Sacrosanctum Concilium 111

With this post we wrap up Vatican II’s look at the liturgical year.

The saints have been traditionally honored in the Church and their authentic relics and images held in veneration. For the feasts of the saints proclaim the wonderful works of Christ in His servants, and display to the faithful fitting examples for their imitation.

Lest the feasts of the saints should take precedence over the feasts which commemorate the very mysteries of salvation, many of them should be left to be celebrated by a particular Church or nation or family of religious; only those should be extended to the universal Church which commemorate saints who are truly of universal importance.

This last statement has caused a bit of consternation since the council. I think it’s a worthy effort to trim away saints who lack a “universal importance,” as the bishops say. The explosion of the numbers of saints under John Paul II has renewed this situation for the early 21st century Church. The best solution would be an informed version of the sports world’s all-star balloting. Or perhaps you believe the liturgical calendar is okay as is. Or as was. If so, let us know.

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One Response to Sacrosanctum Concilium 111

  1. Liam says:

    The vast majority of JP2-minted sancti and beati are limited to local calendars (beati by definition are limited to local calendars). Not a single one has been elevated to a feast that takes precedence over any Sunday or other feast.

    O personally find the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration fairly redundant to the already-existing celebration of the Sacred Heart after Eastertide.

    There are problems with the current calendar, especially regarding Christmastide, and I think the reform of the calendar regarding Septuagesima lost a tremendous opportunity to convert the Roman rites emphasis on pre-Lenten preparation from liturgically-oriented (Septuagesima) to praxis-oriented (the Eastern church’s Cheesefare, Meatfare and preceding weeks, for example).

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