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Sacrosanctum Concilium 58

A new rite for concelebration is to be drawn up and inserted into the Pontifical and into the Roman Missal. One of the shortest sections in all of Vatican II.

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 57

This section may be of more interest to priests, but here we go anyway: Concelebration, whereby the unity of the priesthood is appropriately manifested, has remained in use to this day in the Church both in the east and in … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 56

This piece sank the old notion of getting to church in time for the consecration: The two parts which, in a certain sense, go to make up the Mass, namely, the liturgy of the word and the eucharistic liturgy, are … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 55

This first paragraph drives the concern of many liturgists. It’s still ignored in many places: That more perfect form of participation in the Mass whereby the faithful, after the priest’s communion, receive the Lord’s body from the same sacrifice, is … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 54

The council sets guidelines for the use of the vernacular, first for the readings and the prayers of the faithful. Second would be portions of the Mass in which the people say or sing their part. In Masses which are … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 53

Especially on Sundays and feasts of obligation there is to be restored, after the Gospel and the homily, “the common prayer” or “the prayer of the faithful.” By this prayer, in which the people are to take part, intercession will … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 52

This is what Vatican II said about the homily: By means of the homily the mysteries of the faith and the guiding principles of the Christian life are expounded from the sacred text, during the course of the liturgical year; … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 51

Catholics universally concede that today’s Roman Rite Lectionary, despite its flaws, is far superior to what preceded it. The treasures of the bible are to be opened up more lavishly, so that richer fare may be provided for the faithful … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 50

Liturgical reform wasn’t so much about bringing a modern tone to the Mass so much as better facilitating the understanding and aprticipation of the laity: The rite of the Mass is to be revised in such a way that the … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 49

This brief section introduces specific decrees regarding the Mass (50-58, following in the next few days): For this reason the sacred Council, having in mind those Masses which are celebrated with the assistance of the faithful, especially on Sundays and … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 48

It is because of the intention of the Lord, and the reality of all the things that the Eucharistic celebration is that the council reaffirms yet again, the principles of participation: The Church, therefore, earnestly desires that Christ’s faithful, when … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 47

Today we finally get to chapter 2 of Sacrosanctum Concilium, entitled, “THE MOST SACRED MYSTERY OF THE EUCHARIST.” After a lot of general talk on liturgy, we get to the core of Catholic worship: At the Last Supper, on the … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 46

A little bit more on diocesan commissions: Besides the commission on the sacred liturgy, every diocese, as far as possible, should have commissions for sacred music and sacred art. These three commissions must work in closest collaboration; indeed it will … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 45

For the same reason every diocese is to have a commission on the sacred liturgy under the direction of the bishop, for promoting the liturgical apostolate. I have to say my diocese has one for music, but not liturgy or … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 44

Bishops are given homework to implement once they return home: It is desirable that the competent territorial ecclesiastical authority mentioned in Art. 22, 2, set up a liturgical commission, to be assisted by experts in liturgical science, sacred music, art … Continue reading

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