Category Archives: Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

DPPL 279: Pilgrimage

Let’s explore the last main topic in the Directory, and one of my personal favorite expressions of my faith–the pilgrimage: 279. Pilgrimage is a universal religious experience and a typical expression of popular piety (Cf. Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerants, … Continue reading

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DPPL 278: Ecumenism and Marian Shrines

Is the Blessed Mother a help or an obstacle? A few saints weigh in for our consideration: 278. Ecumenical endeavor in shrines dedicated to Our Lady pose special considerations. At a supernatural level, Our Lady, who gave birth to our Saviour … Continue reading

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DPPL 277: Sanctuaries and Ecumenical Commitment

Shrines: not for Catholics only. I’d like to think it goes without saying, but the Church says it: 277. The shrine, as a place of proclamation of the Word, of call to conversion, of intercession, of intense liturgical life, and of … Continue reading

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DPPL 276: The Shrine as Cultural Center

This section is one of my favorites, as you might guess: 276. Shrines are often of cultural or heritage significance in themselves. They synthesize numerous expressions of popular culture: historical and artistic monuments, particular linguistic and literary forms, or even … Continue reading

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DPPL 275: Shrines as Charitable Centers

Charity and justice are part of the mission of special sites of faith. Let’s read of the importance of mercy: 275. The exemplary role of shrines is also expressed through charity. Every shrine in so far as it celebrates the … Continue reading

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DPPL 274: Shrines as Places of Evangelization

Evangelization is Big Ministry these days. The Church wasn’t just on top of this since Pope Francis. The bishops were talking the talk way back in ’02, comparing a shrine to a  modern secular institution: 274. Innumerable centers of social … Continue reading

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DPPL 272-273: Sacramentals

These two sections are titled “Sacramentals,” but mainly we are concerned with blessings: 272. From earliest times, the Church is familiar with the practice of blessing people, places, food, and other objects. In our times, the custom of blessings presents some … Continue reading

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DPPL 271: Celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours

Now that we’ve covered the celebration of sacraments at shrines, what about the Divine Office? 271. A visit to a shrine, which is always a special occasion of private and community prayer, affords a valuable opportunity to assist the faithful in … Continue reading

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DPPL 270: Celebration of the Other Sacraments

What about other sacraments? The Church advises care: 270. In addition to the celebration of the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist, and the Anointing of the Sick, the other sacraments are occasionally celebrated. This requires particular care on the part … Continue reading

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DPPL 269: Anointing of the Sick

Of all the shrines of the world dedicated to the sick, I think of Lourdes. I’d love to go there someday, though not for any particular cure. The Church reminds us of the possibility of celebrating sacramental Anointing as a community, … Continue reading

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DPPL 268: Celebration of the Eucharist

When pilgrims go to a shrine, they go for Mass: 268. “The celebration of the Eucharist is the climax and pivot of all pastoral activity in shrines” (Collectio missarum de Beata Maria Virgine, Praenotanda, 30). Great care should be devoted … Continue reading

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DPPL 267: Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance

Pilgrimage may inspire contrition. Some of these suggestions might be appropriate for a parish setting back home. 267. For many of the faithful, a visit to a shrine is a propitious occasion on which to avail of the Sacrament of … Continue reading

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DPPL 265-266: Liturgy at Shrines

Happy Easter to all! The shrine is a “place of cultic celebration.” What does that mean? Simply that liturgy and devotions take place there. 265. Shrines have an important cultic function. The faithful visit shrines to participate in the liturgical … Continue reading

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DPPL 264: Canonical Recognition

We mentioned in yesterday’s post that official recognition is part of the Church’s plan for universal, or even widespread devotion to a place of faith: 264. “The term shrine signifies a church or other sacred place to which the faithful … Continue reading

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DPPL 263: Shrine and Symbol

Some Scripture is cited to root us in Christ: 263. Shrines, like churches, have enormous symbolic value: they are icons “of the dwelling place of God among (people)” (Rev 21,3) and allude to “the mystery of the Temple” which was … Continue reading

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