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Sacrosanctum Concilium 27

If I had a counter, this is the fifth explicit reference to “active participation” in the liturgy constitution. While the council acknowledges long-held Catholic teaching about any of the Church’s liturgies being a communal enterprise, it states the preference for … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 26

These next sections (26-32) continue Vatican II’s explanation of liturgical norms. The section is entitled, “Norms drawn from the hierarchic and communal nature of the Liturgy.” Let’s read it: Liturgical services are not private functions, but are celebrations of the … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 25

Short, but significant: The liturgical books are to be revised as soon as possible; experts are to be employed on the task, and bishops are to be consulted, from various parts of the world. Note two things. First, that the … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 24

Vatican II’s emphasis on the importance of the Liturgy of the Word: Sacred scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy. For it is from scripture that lessons are read and explained in the homily, and … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 23

More on general norms to be used in liturgical reform That sound tradition may be retained, and yet the way remain open to legitimate progress careful investigation is always to be made into each part of the liturgy which is … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 22

Vatican II details “general norms” mentioned in the last section: 1. Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop. 2. In … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 21

Now we get to some of the principles laid down for actual liturgical reform in this subsection of chapter 1, entitled, “The Reform of the Sacred Liturgy.” In order that the Christian people may more certainly derive an abundance of … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 20

Reading about the emerging media in Vatican II is always interesting. Here, the council bishops acknowledge television as a media force, but they acknowledge the bishop may not be the most competent to make judgments. Transmissions of the sacred rites … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 19

Tonight’s post describes the role of the pastor, including yet another mention of active participation: With zeal and patience, pastors of souls must promote the liturgical instruction of the faithful, and also their active participation in the liturgy both internally … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 18

Read it, then discuss the two things priests are called to do. Priests, both secular and religious, who are already working in the Lord’s vineyard are to be helped by every suitable means to understand ever more fully what it … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 17

More on liturgical formation: In seminaries and houses of religious, clerics shall be given a liturgical formation in their spiritual life. For this they will need proper direction, so that they may be able to understand the sacred rites and … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 16

More on the study of liturgy: The study of sacred liturgy is to be ranked among the compulsory and major courses in seminaries and religions houses of studies; in theological faculties it is to rank among the principal courses. It … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 15

Short and sweet. Enjoy it; we don’t get too many in the Vatican II department: Professors who are appointed to teach liturgy in seminaries, religious houses of study, and theological faculties must be properly trained for their work in institutes … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 14

Chapter 1 continues with a new sub-section entitled, “The Promotion of Liturgical Instruction and Active Participation.” Let’s keep in mind the context of this: we’ve just completed a nine-part portion outlining the nature of the liturgy and its importance in … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 13

What did Vatican II say about devotions? Read it: Popular devotions of the Christian people are to be highly commended, provided they accord with the laws and norms of the Church, above all when they are ordered by the Apostolic … Continue reading

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