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Mediator Dei 140-141

Pope Pius XII offers a bit of background on the Liturgy of the Hours. I would think that bishops would be familiar with this. 140. Public and common prayer offered to God by all at the same time was customary … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 138-139

What is our aim in liturgy? No less than union with God. This is accomplished not only in the Eucharist, but also in the entire liturgical life of the Church: 138. The ideal of Christian life is that each one … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 136-137

Bishops urge pastors to care for the devotional life of the Church: 136. Strive then, Venerable Brethren, with your customary devoted care so the churches, which the faith and piety of Christian peoples have built in the course of centuries … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 135

Praise for Benediction: 135. That practice in a special manner is to be highly praised according to which many exercises of piety, customary among the faithful, and with benediction of the blessed sacrament. For excellent and of great benefit is … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 134

Something of an apologetics point: 134. Nor is it to be admitted that by this Eucharistic cult (people) falsely confound the historical Christ, as they say, who once lived on earth, with the Christ who is present in the august … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 132-133

The development of lay spirituality of adoration has led to some developments in worship. 132. Now, the Church in the course of centuries has introduced various forms of this worship which are ever increasing in beauty and helpfulness: as, for … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 130-131

Pope Pius XII speaks of adoration: 130. The Sacred Councils teach that it is the Church’s tradition right from the beginning, to worship “with the same adoration the Word Incarnate as well as His own flesh,”[Second Council of Constantinople, Anath, … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 127-129

Union with Christ is primary–this never changes: 127. Therefore, let us all enter into closest union with Christ and strive to lose ourselves, as it were, in His most holy soul and so be united to Him that we may … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 126

Giving thanks to God includes prayers after Mass, but also a cooperation with God’s grace in the living of life after the liturgy. Imitating Christ is a high virtue, of course. 126. Why then, Venerable Brethren, should we not approve … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 124-125

Pope Pius XII speaks of praying in gratitude after Mass, but what he proposed here underscores the importance of silence after Communion. A suitably extended period of silence. 124. But, on the contrary, the very nature of the sacrament demands that … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 123

How should a believer give thanks for all the good God has done for us? That’s not just a rhetorical question. 123. When the Mass, which is subject to special rules of the liturgy, is over, the person who has … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 121-122

Rome’s approach to many aspects of liturgy has quite often been flexible. An ideal is set forth. Here, for example, the people receiving Communion consecrated at the Mass at which they are celebrating. 121. Now it is very fitting, as … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 120

Want to live forever? The liturgy is not something for the aristocracy alone. In fact, this section is positively evangelistic: 120. Let the workers be invited to partake of this sustaining and never failing nourishment that it may renew their … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 119

Mediator Dei looks to lay people to approach the Eucharist, especially the youth of the Church: 119. May God grant that all accept these invitations of the Church freely and with spontaneity. May He grant that they participate even every day, … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 118

In this section, Pope Pius XII reminds bishops that the desire of the faithful to receive from the bread consecrated at the Mass in which they “attend.” 118. But the desire of Mother Church does not stop here. For since … Continue reading

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