The reform of the liturgy set in motion by the first document of the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, was a harbinger of the renewal announced by later documents of the Council especially those that explored the nature and mission of the Church, the place of the Bible in Christian life, ecumenism and evangelization. This session will discuss how the liturgy, renewed according to the principles of worship articulated in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, can be seen as a summation of the Council’s attempt at dialogue with the modern world.
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Article 50 begins a set of reform decrees dedicated to that end. This article is the most far-reaching, with subsequent articles concentrating on particular aspects of reform of the Order of Mass.
“That is not the way you reason with faith.”
Liturgiam authenticam was discussed.
It should be noted that the ultimate justification for the liturgical reforms proposed by the Council Fathers is that “the sacrifice of the Mass…may achieve the fullest pastoral efficacy.” In other words, the reforms are not intended as exercises in antiquarian recovery, as restless desires for novelty, as inculcations of particular theological or political agenda, or as experiments in aesthetic uplift.
Some additional Liturgy and Music Events for June – September 2013.
The importance of this article for the reform of the celebrational structures of Roman Rite Eucharist cannot be overestimated.
Article 47 proclaims a Catholic understanding of the foundation of the sacrament of the Eucharist as a divine act. Readers will immediately recognize how dense yet balanced this paragraph is.
Having completed our article-by-article exploration of Chapter One of Sacrosanctum Concilium, it seems appropriate to ask for some feedback.
The Council Fathers’ directives for promoting “pastoral liturgical action” conclude by calling for the development at diocesan level of commissions on sacred music and sacred art parallel to what they had decreed in art.