Desiderio Desideravi Up

This has been anticipated for some weeks now, an Apostolic Letter on liturgical formation, Desiderio Desideravi. The Vatican link is here.

If you have begun reading it, you’re a bit ahead of my game. Liturgical documents are always of interest to me, so we’ll give it the usual treatment here. Daily posts, more or less.

What about that title, the first two words of the letter in the Latin original? Pope Francis cites Jesus’ words at the Last Supper:

Desiderio desideravi hoc Pascha manducare vobiscum, antequam patiar. (Luke 22:15)

Not really his words, which were probably not even the Greek original of the Bible. In English, though:

I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer …

A brief outline of headings:

  • The Liturgy: the “today” of salvation history (2-9)
  • The Liturgy: place of encounter with Christ (10-13)
  • The Church: Sacrament of the Body of Christ (14-15)
  • The theological sense of the Liturgy (16)
  • The Liturgy: antidote for the poison of spiritual worldliness (17-20)
  • Rediscovering daily the beauty of the truth of the Christian celebration (21-23)
  • Amazement before the Paschal Mystery: an essential part of the liturgical act (24-26)
  • The need for a serious and vital liturgical formation (27-47)
  • Ars celebrandi (48-60)
  • Conclusion (61-65)

That vital formation section seems rather large, taking up about a third of the text. The Holy Father gives it a long set-up. We’ll devote about a month or two to it.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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