Just some curious questions for the commentariat: What documents should we be sure to cover?
I have posts on the third instruction on implementing Sacrosanctum Concilium, Liturgicae Instaurationes, all queued up and ready for you. That document takes us to 1970. We could do the GIRM; the first one came out in 1969 and is referenced in Liturgicae Instaurationes. Or we could wait for the latest GIRM to come up in the time line. Or I could do both and point out the differences in the two.
Should we stick with Roman documents or would a sojourn in the USCCB Big Three, MCW, EACW, and LMT be worthwhile?
Other important mid-major Roman documents include Eucharisticum Mysterium, the instruction on the worship of the Eucharistic mystery. That followed Tres Abhinc Annos by just three weeks in 1967. I probably should include that, eh? There are also various documents outlining evolving practices in Communion under both forms, concelebration, on distributing Communion, etc.. Then we have various notes on various liturgical topics as abuses or concerns popped up. Some of these documents have already been superceded by other writings. Reading them gives a historical perspective, and I’m not sure if the readers necessarily want that. So tell me.
I do think I will devote some time to the latest Introductions to the various Rites including the GIRM. I find an occasional review of RCIA, the funeral rites, baptisms, marriages, etc. very instructive. I think every pastor and liturgist should devote time to reviewing them. (I hope they’ve all read them, at least once.)