Category Archives: Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

DPPL 236: Defining A Relic

First, let’s define relic: 236. The Second Vatican Council recalls that “the Saints have been traditionally honored in the Church, and their authentic relics and images held in veneration”( SC 111; Cf The Council Of Trent, Decretum de invocatione, veneratione et … Continue reading

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DPPL 235: The Litany of the Saints

The Church reminds us that the Litany of the Saints is utilized more than just at the Easter Vigil: 235. The Litany of the Saints has been used in the Roman Church since the seventh century (Cf. Ordo Romanus in A. … Continue reading

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DPPL 234: Celebration of the Eucharist

Let’s look at the intersection of saints with the actual celebration of Mass. We’re moving beyond feast days as we read that saints are united with us as part of a universal Church: 234. The celebration of the feast of … Continue reading

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DPPL 233: Problems With A Saint’s Day

The Church offers some cautions. Don’t let the party get too wild, or too disconnected from “Christian content.” Do you think they overstate the case? Saint Patrick being the exception. 233. From a religious and anthropological perspective, several elements serve … Continue reading

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DPPL 232: Celebrate That Feast

A short section reminding us that a saint’s day is, by definition, a feast. And so we should act like it: 232. A “Saint’s day” also has an anthropological significance: it is a feast day. The feast also echoes (a person’s) vital … Continue reading

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DPPL 231: Careful Preparation of a Feast Day

Saint days are not just about liturgy, or even devotion: 231. It is always necessary to ensure that the feast days of the Saints are carefully prepared both liturgically and pastorally. Such requires a correct presentation of the objectives of … Continue reading

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DPPL 230: Feast Days

230. Both the Liturgy and popular piety attach great importance to the feast days assigned to the Saints. The “Saint’s day” is marked with numerous cultic displays, some liturgical, others deriving from popular piety. Such cultic expressions can sometimes conflict. … Continue reading

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