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Mediator Dei 208-210

Let’s wrap up the epilogue, and with it, this notable document in the history of liturgy. First an urging to obedience: 208. Let Us remind all that they must generously and faithfully obey their holy pastors who possess the right … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 205-207

Pope Pius XII offers six sections as an epilogue. We’ll take it in two posts tomorrow, and this, today. A final word to bishops, who, if you remember, are those to whom this letter is addressed: 205. These, Venerable Brethren, … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 203-204

Be watchful, the bishops of the Catholic world are advised, against certain trends: 203. But in all these matters, it is essential that you watch vigilantly lest the enemy come into the field of the Lord and sow cockle among … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 201-202

The bishops are urged to enthusiasm for the task presented to them, to draw the laity into the celebration of the Mass in ever greater numbers. I presume also, with great fruitfulness. Let’s read: 201. Above all, try with your … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 200

Bishops and pastors are advised to be “selective” in the matter of altar boys. But it is not intended as an office for the elite: 200. To attain this purpose, it will greatly help to select carefully good and upright … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 197-199

Living the liturgical life: let’s join Pope Pius XII in examining this, and what it means for us today. 197. But there is something else of even greater importance, Venerable Brethren, which We commend to your apostolic zeal, in a … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 195-196

Sacred visual arts were also going through upheaval in the early 20th century. Pope Pius XII doesn’t dismiss modern art outright, even mentioning the possibility of prejudice against the new: 195. What We have said about music, applies to the … Continue reading

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