Category Archives: post-conciliar liturgy documents

DPPL 9-10: Piety and Religiosity

Let’s look at a pair of terms today. What is “popular piety?” 9. The term “popular piety” designates those diverse cultic expressions of a private or community nature which, in the context of the Christian faith, are inspired predominantly not by the … Continue reading

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DPPL 8: The Term “Devotions”

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). What about the term “devotions?” 8. In the present context, this term is used to describe various external practices (e.g. prayers, hymns, observances attached to particular times or places, insignia, medals, habits or … Continue reading

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DPPL 7: Pious Exercise

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). First special term with which we familiarize ourselves: Pious Exercise. What on earth …? 7. The expression “pious exercise” in this Directory refers to those public or private expressions of Christian piety which, … Continue reading

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DPPL 6: Terminology

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL) gives a brief history: 6. The history of the Western Church is marked by the flowering among the Christian people of multiple and varied expressions of simple and fervent faith in God, of … Continue reading

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DPPL 5: For Clergy and Religious Heads

We hear who the intended readers are for the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). It’s a hierarchical thing: first bishops, then clergy, then heads of religious communities: 5. The operative proposals of this Directory, which are intended solely … Continue reading

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DPPL 4: Nature and Structure of the Document

Let’s examine the “Nature and Structure” of the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). 4. This Directory contains two parts. The first, entitled Emerging Trends, provides the elements necessary for the harmonization of Liturgy and popular piety. It draws … Continue reading

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DPPL 2-3: Councils, Popes, and Bishops on Liturgy and Popular Piety

Let’s finish up the introduction to the introduction of the curia’s Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL), looking at the relationship between liturgy (the Mass, the sacraments, and the Divine Office) and ritual expressions of piety among the laity. … Continue reading

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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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