Vatican II Constitutions

I’m revising my site organization to include all the Vatican II documents on fewer pages. These are not popular finds from the main menu, and since WordPress doesn’t easily allow me to manipulate how “pages” are displayed, this is the best I can muster.

Here are the outlines and hyperlinks for the conciliar constitutions, the documents on Liturgy, the Church, Divine Revelation, and the Church in the Modern World.

Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Vatican II Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. The chapter headings are as they appear in the document online.


Chapter I: General Principles for the Restoration and Promotion of the Sacred Liturgy

Section I: The Nature of the Sacred Liturgy and Its Importance in the Church’s Life

Section II: The Promotion of Liturgical Instruction and Active Participation

Section III: The Reform of the Sacred Liturgy

Part A) General Norms

Part B) Norms drawn from the hierarchic and communal nature of the Liturgy

Part C) Norms based upon the didactic and pastoral nature of the Liturgy

Part D) Norms for adapting the Liturgy to the culture and traditions of peoples

Part E) Promotion of Liturgical Life in Diocese and Parish

Part F) The Promotion of Pastoral-Liturgical Action

Chapter II: The Most Sacred Mystery of the Eucharist

Chapter III: The Other Sacraments and the Sacramentals

Chapter IV: The Divine Office

Chapter V: The Liturgical Year

Chapter VI: Sacred Music

Chapter VII: Sacred Art and Sacred Furnishings

Appendix: A Declaration of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican on Revision of the Calendar


Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,

Chapter I The Mystery of the Church

Chapter II On The People of God

Chapter III On the Hierarchical Structure of the Church and in Particular on the Episcopate

Chapter IV The Laity

Chapter V The Universal Call to Holiness in the Church

Chapter VI Religious

Chapter VII The Eschatological Nature of the Pilgrim Church and its Union with the Church in Heaven

Chapter VIII The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God in the Mystery of Christ and the Church


Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.


Chapter I: Revelation Itself

Chapter II: Handing on Divine Revelation

Chapter III: Sacred Scripture, Its Inspiration and Divine Interpretation

Chapter IV: The Old Testament

Chapter V: The New Testament

Chapter VI: Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

Special Essays on Dei Verbum:

Gaudium et Spes, the Vatican II Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Chapter headings follow, plus a very brief summary of each section.


Introductory Statement

Part One: The Church and Human Calling

Chapter I: The Dignity of the Human Person

Chapter II: The Community of Humankind

Chapter III: Human Activity Throughout The World

Chapter IV: The Role of the Church in the Modern World

Part Two: Some Problems of Special Urgency

Chapter I: Fostering the Nobility of Marriage and the Family

Chapter II: The Proper Development of Culture

Section 1: The Circumstances of Culture in the World Today

Section 2: Some Principles for the Proper Development of Culture

Section 3: Some More Urgent Duties of Christians in Regard to Culture

Chapter III: Economic and Social Life

Section 1: Economic Development

Section 2: Certain Principles Governing Socio-Economic Life as a Whole

Chapter IV: The Life of the Political Community

Chapter V: The Fostering of Peace and the Promotion of a Community of Nations

Section 1: The Avoidance of War

Section 2: Setting Up an International Community

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