Category Archives: Inter Oecumenici

Inter Oecumenici on Liturgical Design (90-99)

Let’s wrap up the final ten sections of Inter Oecumenici and read how the Consilium addressed liturgical design with an eye to promoting “active participation of the faithful.” Chapter V begins: I. DESIGN OF CHURCHES 90. In building new churches … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on the Divine Office (78-89)

As we head to the finish of Inter Oecumenici, we get Chapter IV’s twelve sections on the Divine Office. First the Consilium reaffirms the ideal of celebrating the Hours for various religious groups who are “bound to choir”: I. CELEBRATION … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on Sacramentals (76-77)

A quick post on two sections of IO: VII. SACRAMENTALS (SC 79) 76. For the blessing of candles on 2 February and of ashes on Ash Wednesday just one of the prayers for these in the Missale Romanum suffices. 77. … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on the Rite of Marriage (70-75)

The Rite of Marriage gets six sections in our document. Let’s tune in and see what the Consilium said … VI. RITE OF MARRIAGE (SC 78) 70. Unless there is some good, excusing reason, marriage shall be celebrated within Mass, … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on Other Sacraments (61-69)

Nine sections for the “gulp” of this post, but they cover most of the other sacraments. We’ll save the Rite of Marriage for the next post. CHAPTER III THE OTHER SACRAMENTS AND THE SACRAMENTALS I. PART ALLOWED THE VERNACULAR (SC … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on the Vernacular at Mass (57-60)

If any post on Inter Oecumenici can generate some combox traffic, this should be it. Let’s see what the Church had to say about the vernacular in 1964: V. PART ALLOWED THE VERNACULAR IN MASS (SC 54) 57. For Masses, … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on the Homily and Prayer of the Faithful (53-56)

We have an early post-conciliar definition of the homily (as opposed to a sermon) and for the sake of the edification of the faithful, an emphasis on Scripture and the liturgical year: III. HOMILY (SC 52) 53. There shall be … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on the Liturgy of the Word (49-52)

The document takes the next four sections to go into a bit more detail on the Liturgy of the Word. Lessons seems to be the word for readings from the Old Testament and maybe Acts. Epistle seems self-explanatory. But I … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on the Ordo Missae (48)

The Consilium begins Chapter II, The Mystery of the Eucharist, with a list of immediate changes to the order of Mass. I. ORDO MISSAE (SC 50) 48. Until reform of the entire Ordo Missae, the points that follow are to … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on Liturgical Commissions (44-47)

The Consilium next turned its attention to a sort of “national liturgy commission.” The assumption, as you see, is that they would be clergy. The US link is here, just in case you want to see how the Bishops Committee … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on the Vernacular (40-43)

Our examination of Inter Oecumenici hits one of the big post-conciliar developments: the explosion of use of the vernacular. Let’s keep in mind that current use of the vernacular was developed under the authority of bishops, approved by every bishops’ … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on Word Services (37-39)

When a priest is not present for the Sunday Eucharist, what is a community to do? X. CELEBRATIONS OF THE WORD OF GOD (SC 35, § 4) 37. In places without a priest and where none is available for celebration … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on Some Minor Matters (32-36)

We get into some bitty, but practical items for liturgical implementation, starting with laying out the notion that the clergy do not usurp the parts of the people–a far more realistic danger to the liturgy than the people taking over … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on Competent Liturgical Authority (20-31)

Let’s continue our look at Chapter I, where we’ve reached subheading VI which leads off with a reminder that lone ranger changers are strongly discouraged: VI. COMPETENT AUTHORITY IN LITURGICAL MATTERS (SC 22) 20. Regulation of the liturgy belongs to … Continue reading

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Inter Oecumenici on Liturgical Formation (11-19)

This is a bit long, but hang with it, as it covers the topic of “The Liturgical Formation of Clerics.” 11. Regarding the liturgical formation of the clergy: In theological faculties there shall be a chair of liturgy so that … Continue reading

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