Category Archives: post-conciliar liturgy documents

DPPL 1b: Contradictory Attitudes

Continuing on yesterday’s look at the first part of paragraph 1, here the CDWDS notes the upheaval after Vatican II. Following on the conciliar renewal, the situation with regard to Christian popular piety varies according to country and local traditions. … Continue reading

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DPPL 1a: Outline and Introduction

You can find the full document, the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL) at the Vatican web site. Unless there is a huge outcry, I’ll use the acronym DPPL throughout. With this first post, I’d like to call your … Continue reading

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Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

Coming up: the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). At over 54,000 words, it will be one of the longest documents this site has tackled. A number of my colleagues in liturgy have rather ignored the DPPL. It was … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 87: Final Words and Blessing

It’s been a long time since we began this reading of Dies Domini. Have you gained any insights? Prayed or reflected in any new way because of it? Thought about the Eighth Day any more, and brought it to a … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 86: Entrusting Sunday to Mary

A word for the Blessed Mother: 86. I entrust this Apostolic Letter to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, that it may be received and put into practice by the Christian community. Without in any way detracting from the centrality … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 85: The Spirit Sustains

The Father made us. The Son saved us. The Holy Spirit sustains us in thanksgiving and hope. Our focus on Sunday is not an artifact of an ancient religion, but a living aspect of our faith in a living and … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 84: Testimony And Proclamation

Proclamation is associated with the explicit preaching of the Gospel message. It is a kerygmatic function of the Church, part of our obligation to the Great Commission (cf. Matthew 28:19-20). 84. Sustaining Christian life as it does, Sunday has the additional … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 83: The Soul of Time

Sunday as the soul of time. What do you think about that expression? 83. Understood and lived in this fashion, Sunday in a way becomes the soul of the other days, and in this sense we can recall the insight of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 82: Sunday, Rest and Joy

A day of rest can be dedicated to higher things, or we can find ourselves mired in an empty expression of laziness and a lack of initiative. “Day of rest” we get from Genesis. Have we offered a “day of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 81: A Synthesis of the Christian Life

Today we start the conclusion of Dies Domini. Sunday informs us about our place in the march of time in creation, with the Church, under the banner of the Risen Christ, and within Western religious culture. It is more than an … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 80: Inculturation, A Danger or Opportunity?

What are the threats to Sunday? Pope John Paul II seemed to ponder post-Christian culture. 80. There is a need for special pastoral attention to the many situations where there is a risk that the popular and cultural traditions of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 79: Sunday, A Model For Holy Days

What to do with holy days that fall on a day other than Sunday? Some involve observances that lack a place in the broadest sense of the Christian imagination. Work and other obligations overwhelm a sense of celebrating, say, the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 78: Saints

After feasts pertaining to Christ, we have the Blessed Mother, then martyrs and other saints: 78. Likewise, “in celebrating this annual cycle of the mysteries of Christ, the holy Church venerates with special love the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 77: Feasts of the Lord

Most Christians do not see it this way: Easter and Pentecost ranking above Christmas. It’s not that there is some kind of competition among observances. But feasts that draw out some mystery or aspect of Christ are worth the special … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 76: Sunday in the Liturgical Year

Saint John Paul looks at Sunday in the Liturgical Year with sections 76 through 80. 76. With its weekly recurrence, the Lord’s Day is rooted in the most ancient tradition of the Church and is vitally important for the Christian. … Continue reading

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