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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 54-55: Final Words

Let’s bring this document to the finish line. Here we have last thoughts on those particular texts for a diocesan saint, or a particular entry into the liturgical calendar of a religious order. While texts might be prepared in a … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 53: More Thoughts On Propers of Dioceses and Religious Families

53. After the iter envisaged for the revision or composition of the Particular Calendar and the Proper, the competent authority requests the recognitio from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. This sort of reads like directions … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 51-52: Propers of Dioceses and Religious Families

Let’s keep talking about Propers Of Dioceses and Religious Families. Additions to the liturgical calendar, even if for dioceses and religious orders, belong to the competency of the CDWDS to approve: 51. Proper celebrations are to be harmoniously integrated into … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 50: Propers of Dioceses and Religious Families

Let’s talk about Propers Of Dioceses and Religious Families. You readers are probably familiar that religious orders have their own liturgical celebrations. Dioceses too have observances–all parishes should know of these. How does translation and canon law affect these? Let’s … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 48-49: More On The Confirmatio

Just a reminder: absolutely everything in the liturgical books gets a look, not just the black, the red, and the Scripture readings, but all the instructions, adaptations, explanations, foreword–the whole works. 48. In the case of lacunae in the translation … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 45-47: The Confirmatio

We continue headlong toward the end of the document, today looking at another CDWDS responsibility: The “confirmatio.” We’ve been dropping the term in the discussion quite a bit these past few weeks. Can we trust thinking of it as “confirmation”? … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 41-44: CDWDS Responsibilities and Competencies

Up till paragraph 40, we heard about the bishops. Now the document turns to RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMPETENCIES OF THE CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS 41. In the light of canon 838 §§ 2 and 3, with … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 37-40: Publication

The bishops and the CDWDS have approved all the translations, additions, directions, and such. Then it goes to the publisher for printing. There, certain procedures must be followed. 37. Once the confirmatio and recognitio of the Apostolic See have been obtained, … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 34-36: The Request

The “how-to” of getting a ritual book to print continues: – The request for “confirmatio” and “recognitio” from the Apostolic See 34. The translation of a liturgical book, approved by the Episcopal Conference, is sent for confirmatio to the Apostolic … Continue reading

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Archbishop Cupich on TC

I noticed a reaction here and there against Archbishop Cupich’s brief essay on Traditiones Custodes here. I think the initial discussion on this website garnered relatively little chit-chat in the boxes. Detractors have long set aside their visits here. Elsewhere, I’ve … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 28-33: Drafting and Approval

Let’s move along and look at The drafting of the liturgical book and its approval. Once the texts are translated, they must still be arranged. There are many possible options, and few impact theology as much as they affect usefulness. … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 26-27: One Language, Many Countries

What happens when a language is spoken in many different nations? The CDWDS aims for commonality: 26. When a language is spoken in several countries, without a doubt it is desirable to adopt the same translation, especially for important liturgical … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 25: The Most Important Texts

Many of you readers are familiar with the principle of progressive solemnity. Something like that operates within the rites. Gospel readings are more important than gospel alleluia verses. The Preface over the preparation rite prayers. The CDWDS recognizes some ritual … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 24: Faithfulness In The Whole

Another quick post to finish up faithfulness in the translation process. A reminder that it’s not just about the black and the red, but also those texts fewer people seem to read: 24. The translation covers the entire book, including … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 23: Faithfulness To Oral Communication

This short paragraph covers a collection of things for which we strive to be faithful. Mostly, it’s about how people at worship hear the translated language. Is it presented in such a way to fulfill people’s spiritual needs? That would … Continue reading

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