Varietates Legitimae 27: Ordering Liturgy

The Church reinforces good order from the top:

27. In the liturgy the faith of the church is expressed in a symbolic and communitarian form: This explains the need for a legislative framework for the organization of worship, the preparation of texts and the celebration of rites. (Cf. SC 22, 26, 28, 40, 3, 128; Code of Canon Law, Canon 2 and passim) The reason for the preceptive character of this legislation throughout the centuries and still today is to ensure the orthodoxy of worship: that is to say, not only to avoid errors, but also to pass on the faith in its integrity so that the “rule of prayer” (lex orandi) of the church may correspond to “rule of faith” (lex credendi). (GIRM 2; Paul VI, Discourse to the Consilium for the Application of the Constitution on the Liturgy, Oct. 13, 1966: AAS 58 (1966), 1146; Oct. 14, 1968: AAS 60 (1968), 734.)60

However deep inculturation may go, the liturgy cannot do without legislation and vigilance on the part of those who have received this responsibility in the church: the Apostolic See and, according to the prescriptions of the law, the episcopal conference for its territory and the bishop for his diocese. (SC 22, 36, 40, 44-46, Code of Canon Law 47ff, 838)

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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