Category Archives: Varietates Legitimae

Varietates Legitimae 30: Calling Upon Competence

Our consideration of Preliminary Conditions for Inculturation of the Liturgy wraps up here: 30. To prepare an inculturation of the liturgy, episcopal conferences should call upon people who are competent both in the liturgical tradition of the Roman rite and … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 29: Different Situations

The CDWDS considers “different situations” through the lens of national conferences and situations. But it acknowledges this can be a difficult discernment: 29. The different situations in which the church finds itself are an important factor in judging the degree … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 28: “In their own language”

Section (b) Preliminary Conditions for Inculturation of the Liturgy begins with VL 28. And we have praise for the vernacular: 28. The missionary tradition of the church has always sought to evangelize people in their own language. Often indeed, it … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 27: Ordering Liturgy

The Church reinforces good order from the top: 27. In the liturgy the faith of the church is expressed in a symbolic and communitarian form: This explains the need for a legislative framework for the organization of worship, the preparation … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 26: Sacramentals and Sacraments

Aside from the celebration of Mass, there are important traditions, seemingly not founded from Christ himself, or from Scripture, which state and reinforce unity, nd which are assumed to be grounded in the apostolic tradition: 26. The church of Christ … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 25: Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Liturgy of the Eucharist is a sensitive area: 25. The whole life of the liturgy gravitates in the first place around the eucharistic sacrifice and the other sacraments given by Christ to his church. (SC 6) The church has … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 24: The Paschal Mystery

Rather than some comfortable concept like organic development, the real fruit of Vatican II is a recovered sense of the Paschal Mystery: 24. Since the church is the fruit of Christ’s sacrifice, the liturgy is always the celebration of the … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 23: The Word of God

The importance of the Word is summarized: 23. The church is nourished on the word of God written in the Old and New Testaments. When the church proclaims the word in the liturgy, it welcomes it as a way in … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 22: Three Characteristics

Three characteristics of the Church are revealed in the liturgy: 22. The nature of the liturgy is intimately linked up with the nature of the church; indeed, it is above all in the liturgy that the nature of the church … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 21: Liturgy Defined

Chapter II, Requirements and Preliminary Conditions for Liturgical Inculturation” covers the next twelve numbered sections of VL. First, we address, “Requirements Emerging From The Nature of the Liturgy.” This is Liturgy 101, if you will, a very basic reminder of the … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 20: A Necessary Discernment

Summing up Chapter I: 20. The challenge which faced the first Christians, whether they came from the chosen people or from a pagan background, was to reconcile the renunciations demanded by faith in Christ with fidelity to the culture and … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 19: Respect and Purification

The Church insists that inculturation is a two-way street. It will accommodate, but in turn, expects “purification” and “sanctification.” 19. The liturgy, like the Gospel, must respect cultures, but at the same time invite them to purify and sanctify themselves. … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 18: Vatican II on Inculturation

Our history of inculturation brings us to Vatican II: 18. In our own time, the Second Vatican Council recalled that the church “fosters and assumes the ability, resources and customs of each people. In assuming them, the church purifies, strengthens … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 17: A Bit of East and West

Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Rome, Constantinople, as well as Milan, Gaul, Britain, the Iberian Peninsula … 17. The creation and the development of the forms of Christian celebration developed gradually according to local conditions in the great cultural areas where the … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 15-16: Jewish and Gentile Roots

Jewish worship and Gentile traditions underlie the early Christian Eucharist: 15. In gathering together to break the bread on the first day of the week, which became the day of the Lord (cf. Acts 20:7; Rv. 1: 10), the first … Continue reading

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