Fifty years ago, on November 21, 1964, three important documents of the Second Vatican Council were promulgated – on the church, on Eastern Catholic churches, and on ecumenism.
Each document is important in its own right, of course, and deserves to be read as a whole. But Pray Tell readers will be interested in what each of these documents has to say about the liturgy, so we are excerpting from LG, OE, and UR those articles which treat the liturgy.
According to these documents of the Second Vatican Council, liturgy is an act of the whole church in which each member of the church has a role to play, Eastern Catholic churches are to recover and retain their own liturgical and spiritual traditions, and Catholics are to learn more about and seek commonalities with other traditions of prayer and worship. Running through all this is the theme of decentralization and respect for diversity.
Here are Pray Tell’s liturgy excerpts:
- Lumen Gentium – Dogmatic Constitution on the Church;
- Orientalium Ecclesiarum – Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches;
- Unitatis Redintegratio – Decree on Ecumenism.
Don’t tell me you’ve read every document of Vatican II. (OK, some of you have. Perhaps many of you have, knowing you guys.) I’m sure all of us can benefit from taking a(nother) look at these three doc regarding liturgy. What strikes you? Any surprises, or themes you had forgotten are there? Anything which might be some of the “other half of Vatican II” that Pope Francis says we have yet to implement?