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Sacrosanctum Concilium 43

Our journey through Sacrosanctum Concilium continues today with the sixth subsection of Chapter 1, part 3 which treats the topic of liturgical reform. We leave the subject of norms behind at turn instead to “The Promotion of Pastoral-Liturgical Action.” Zeal … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 42

A definition of the pastor’s role, to be a vicar for the bishop. But because it is impossible for the bishop always and everywhere to preside over the whole flock in his Church, he cannot do other than establish lesser … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 41

Chapter 1′s next section (yes, this is still chapter 1) treats “Promotion of Liturgical Life in Diocese and Parish” starting with the liturgical role of the bishop and the liturgical life of the cathedral. The bishop is to be considered … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 40

Today we hear of the council’s opinion on “radical” adaptation: In some places and circumstances, however, an even more radical adaptation of the liturgy is needed, and this entails greater difficulties. Wherefore: 1) The competent territorial ecclesiastical authority mentioned in … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 39

Once again, the bishops’ conferences have their role to play: Within the limits set by the typical editions of the liturgical books, it shall be for the competent territorial ecclesiastical authority mentioned in Art. 22, 2, to specify adaptations, especially … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 38

This section somewhat clarifies the principle of cultural adaptation as it might apply to North America or Australia: note the wording “especially in mission lands,” which seems to indicate that variations elsewhere are not out of the picture. Provisions shall … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 37

We continue Vatican II’s examination of liturgical norms with the first of four sections devoted to “adapting the Liturgy to the culture and traditions of peoples.” Even in the liturgy, the Church has no wish to impose a rigid uniformity … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 36

This post is the last one today on those “didactic and pastoral” norms of liturgy. 1. Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites. People are often surprised to … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 35

I’ll be posting on these three sections examining those “norms” today. First we read that words and actions, intimately connected, should be made evidently so. That the intimate connection between words and rites may be apparent in the liturgy: 1) … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 34

Today, we’ll look at these “didactic and pastoral” norms mentioned in SC 33 which “should be observed” in liturgical revision. The rites should be distinguished by a noble simplicity; they should be short, clear, and unencumbered by useless repetitions; they … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 33

We continue the examination of liturgical norms with this sub-section entitled “Norms based upon the didactic and pastoral nature of the Liturgy” Although the sacred liturgy is above all things the worship of the divine Majesty, it likewise contains much … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 31

Only nineteen words: probably our shortest quote from Vatican II or close to it. The people’s parts of the liturgy are important enough to have careful attention. The revision of the liturgical books must carefully attend to the provision of … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 30

More liturgical norms from Vatican II: To promote active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalmody, antiphons, and songs, as well as by actions, gestures, and bodily attitudes. And at the proper … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 29

Vatican II addresses lay liturgical ministry: Servers, lectors, commentators, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 28

Important advice from the council bishops: In liturgical celebrations each person, minister or lay(person), who has an office to perform, should do all of, but only, those parts which pertain to his office by the nature of the rite and … Continue reading

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