Category Archives: Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

DPPL 58: Two Expressions

As we near the end of the DPPL’s account of Vatican II, an endorsement of the both/and approach: 58. The Liturgy and popular piety, while not conterminous, remain two legitimate expressions of Christian worship. While not opposed to each other, … Continue reading

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DPPL 56-57: Cautions on Piety

A lack of trust in the liturgy has potential consequences: 56. Theoretical or practical contempt for the Liturgy inevitably leads to a clouding of the Christian understanding of the mystery of God, Who has mercifully deigned to look down on … Continue reading

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DPPL 55: Centered on the Saving Action of Christ

In theory, the Liturgy expresses the will of Christ: 55. Any unilateral exaltation of popular piety which fails to take account of the Liturgy, is inconsistent with the fact that the essential elements of the Liturgy derive from the will … Continue reading

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DPPL 54: Liturgy Surpasses … In Theory

In theory, the liturgy, especially the Mass, “surpasses all other” forms of prayer. This, despite the testimonies of people cited in DPPL 53, and the obvious situations in which people have no recourse to regular sacramental care or the liturgical … Continue reading

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DPPL 53: Frequent Comments Heard Today

The CDWDS reports some comments. I’m not sure: are these typical, frequent, and do they cover the issues? Let’s read and discuss. 53. In those instances where the liturgical actions have been superceded by popular piety comments, such as the … Continue reading

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DPPL 52: Don’t Dumb It Down

In a phrase, don’t dumb down the liturgy: 52. The laudable idea of making Christian worship more accessible to contemporary (people), especially to those insufficiently catechized, should not lead to either a theoretical or practical underestimation of the primary and … Continue reading

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DPPL 51: When Popular Piety Is Overemphasized

Popular piety has overshadowed the liturgy and still does today, in some instances: 51. In the relationship between the Liturgy and popular piety, the opposite phenomenon is also encountered – the importance of popular piety is overestimated practically to the … Continue reading

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