Liturgiam Authenticam 19

With this numbered section and post, we head into the meat of the latest big document from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDWDS).

Part II , consisting of sections 19 through 69 is titled, “ON THE TRANSLATION OF LITURGICAL TEXTS INTO VERNACULAR LANGUAGES.”

“General Principles” are covered in LA 19-33.

“Other norms pertaining to the translation of the Sacred Scriptures and the preparation of Lectionaries” are treated in sections 34 -45. Other liturgical texts are discussed in sections 46 through 62.

Finally, we’ll examine LA’s words on Eucharistic Prayers, the Creed, and the praenotanda, or introductory sections of the rites, as well as the translation of liturgical law and rubrics. We’ll take the next few dozen posts very carefully. My hope is to post about once a day. But if I don’t have something ready, I’m not going to rush something onto the site.

Let’s take a look at section 19, as promised in the title above:

19. The words of the Sacred Scriptures, as well as the other words spoken in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of the Sacraments, are not intended primarily to be a sort of mirror of the interior dispositions of the faithful; rather, they express truths that transcend the limits of time and space. Indeed, by means of these words God speaks continually with the Spouse of his beloved Son, the Holy Spirit leads the Christian faithful into all truth and causes the word of Christ to dwell abundantly within them, and the Church perpetuates and transmits all that she herself is and all that she believes, even as she offers the prayers of all the faithful to God, through Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.[Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 33; Dei Verbum 8; GIRM 2.]

This is an excellent reflection. I welcome your comments on any of the three major points I see. You may well see something in addition.

It is good to be reminded that the texts of the liturgy, especially the Scriptures, are intended to reveal the Word to believers and to call us to conformity to that which is divine and holy.

LA also emphasizes the liturgy as a means to form believers into the reality of what the Church is and believes. More than this, that same body of believers is thus charged to live and preach what it has received from the Lord.

And finally, the trinitarian emphasis is heartening. We don’t just believe in Three Persons because it’s a nice number. LA spells out the nature of the Trinity, and one place where we can look for this aspect of our faith in the liturgy.

Thoughts?

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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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