Paschale Solemnitatis concludes thus:
“It is proper to the Paschal festivity that the whole Church rejoice at the forgiveness of sins, which is not only for those who are reborn in Holy Baptism, but also for those who have long been numbered among the adopted children”. (St Leo the Great, Sermo 6 de Quadragesima, 1-2, PL 54, 285)
Pope Leo’s testimony leads us to a reminder of the purpose of this document:
By means of a more intensive pastoral care and a deeper spiritual effort, all who celebrate the Easter feasts will by the Lord’s grace experience their effect in their daily lives. (Cf. Roman Missal, Saturday of the Seventh week of Easter, Opening Prayer)
Given at Rome, at the Offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship, 16 January 1988.
Paul Augustin Card. Mayer Prefect
Virgilio Noe Titular Archbishop of Voncaria Secretary
A fitting conclusion. The goal of this document is pastoral and spiritual renewal. The final achieving of that remains well into our future.