Eucharisticum Mysterium 46: Pastoral Choices

What does the leadership of a priest mean? What is the job of the liturgical presider?

46. “When the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observance of the laws governing valid and lawful celebration; it is also their duty to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effect.” [Sacrosanctum Concilium art. 11; also art. 48.] Hence, from among the forms of celebration permitted by law priests should take care to choose those that in each situation seem best suited to the needs or well-being of the faithful and to their taking part actively.

When choices are available fo the priest, note the priorities. First choice is for the needs of the laity. Then their well-being. Then something suited to their active participation.

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2 Responses to Eucharisticum Mysterium 46: Pastoral Choices

  1. Liam says:

    Yes, it’s not about what the priest needs.

    That also applies if the priest needs to be loved by his congregants and thus may be inclined to give his congregants what they want instead of what they need.

  2. Anne says:

    A good presider will take seriously the goal of FCAP. The faithfull need his example to be fully aware of what they are doing.

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