Mediator Dei 205-207

Pope Pius XII offers six sections as an epilogue. We’ll take it in two posts tomorrow, and this, today. A final word to bishops, who, if you remember, are those to whom this letter is addressed:

205. These, Venerable Brethren, are the subjects We desired to write to you about. We are moved to write that your children, who are also Ours, may more fully understand and appreciate the most precious treasures which are contained in the sacred liturgy: namely, the eucharistic sacrifice, representing and renewing the sacrifice of the cross, the sacraments which are the streams of divine grace and of divine life, and the hymn of praise, which heaven and earth daily offer to God.

206. We cherish the hope that these Our exhortations will not only arouse the sluggish and recalcitrant to a deeper and more correct study of the liturgy, but also instill into their daily lives its supernatural spirit according to the words of the Apostle, “extinguish not the spirit.”[I Thess. 5:19]

MD 205-206 very briefly summarize the whole purpose of this encyclical letter. Part of this is a concern about the overzealous tendencies to move off apart from or ahead of the flock:

207. To those whom an excessive zeal occasionally led to say and do certain things which saddened Us and which We could not approve, we repeat the warning of St. Paul, “But prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”[I Thess, 5:21] Let Us paternally warn them to imitate in their thoughts and actions the Christian doctrine which is in harmony with the precepts of the immaculate Spouse of Jesus Christ, the mother of saints.

Mediator Dei on the Vatican web site.

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