Friday, February 21, 2014

MORE WORDS ON THE LITURGY FROM POPE FRANCIS! AND YES, A BIT OF A BOMBSHELL FOR ORGANIC DEVELOPMENT FOR A CORRECT IMPLEMENTATION OF SC!

THIS IS THE BOMBSHELL PART OF THE HOLY FATHER'S MESSAGE RELEASED JUST TODAY!

To our gratitude to God for what it has been possible to achieve, the Pope stated that it is necessary to unite “a renewed willingness to go ahead on the path indicated by the Council Fathers, as there remains much to be done for a correct and complete assimilation of the Constitution of the Holy Liturgy on the part of the baptised and ecclesial communities. I refer, in particular, to the commitment to a solid and organic liturgical initiation and formation, both of lay faithful as well as clergy and consecrated persons”.

 

Pope issues message on 50 anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium



(Vatican Radio/VIS) – The fiftieth anniversary of the conciliar Constitution “Sacrosanctum Concilium” on the Sacred Liturgy – the first document promulgated by Vatican Council II – is an cause for “gratitude for the profound and wide-ranging renewal of liturgical life, made possible by the conciliar Magisterium … and at the same time urges relaunched commitment to welcoming and more fully implementing this teaching”.

Thus began Pope Francis' message to Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, on the occasion of the conclusion of the symposium “Sacrosanctum Concilium. Gratitude for and Commitment to a Great Ecclesial Movement”, organised by this dicastery in collaboration with the Pontifical Lateran University.

“Sacrosanctum Concilium”, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 4 December 1963, and the further developments of the Magisterium in the furrow it has traced “have improved our understanding of the liturgy in the light of the divine Revelation, as the 'exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ' in which 'the whole public worship is performed by the mystical body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the head and His members'. Christ is revealed as the true protagonist of every celebration, and He associates with Himself 'the Church … His beloved Bride who calls to her Lord, and through Him offers worship to the Eternal Father'. This action, which takes place through the power of the Holy Spirit, possesses a profound creative force able to attract every man and, in some way, the whole of Creation”.

“To celebrate true spiritual worship means to offer oneself as a living sacrifice, sacred and agreeable to God. A liturgy detached from spiritual worship would risk becoming empty, declining from its Christian originality to a generic sacred sense, almost magical, and a hollow aestheticism. As an action of Christ, liturgy has an inner impulse to be transformed in the sentiments of Christ, and in this dynamism all reality is transfigured”. The Pontiff quoted Pope emeritus Benedict XVI who, in his Lectio divina to the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary in 2012, explained that “our daily life ... must be inspired, profuse, immersed in the divine reality, it must become action together with God. This does not mean that we must always be thinking of God, but that we must really be penetrated by the reality of God so that our whole life — and not only a few thoughts — may be a liturgy, may be adoration”.

To our gratitude to God for what it has been possible to achieve, the Pope stated that it is necessary to unite “a renewed willingness to go ahead on the path indicated by the Council Fathers, as there remains much to be done for a correct and complete assimilation of the Constitution of the Holy Liturgy on the part of the baptised and ecclesial communities. I refer, in particular, to the commitment to a solid and organic liturgical initiation and formation, both of lay faithful as well as clergy and consecrated persons”.



3 comments:

quicumquevult said...

I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but I really don't see how this is a bombshell. It's great to hear that he agrees much else needs to be done, but will we ever get a statement from a modern Pope along the clear and direct lines of "the Mass is the re-presentation of Christ's sacrifice in a non-bloody manner" outside of some barely known encyclical?

I'll add that to my prayer list, I suppose.

Gene said...

I do not believe we will ever get that from this Pope. He says a lot without really saying anything.

George said...

What the Holy Father seems to be calling for a more faithful actualization of the liturgical ideal of what came out of the Council, as I understand what he is saying. There is a recognition here that too often things aren't as they should be although in some parishes there has been a more faithful implementation in the celebration of the liturgy than in others. Really, did the Council fathers(at least those in the mainstream) want the kind of modernist spectacle that some have encountered and experienced?
I think it would be good to marry the more reverential celebratory attitude of the Vetus Ordo to the Novus Ordo. Also It would be good if priests were required to follow a certain defined rubrical structure and not go beyond certain established boundaries (to those inclined to improvise in how they celebrate Novus Ordo). Consistency in form in the celebration of the liturgy from parish to parish would be good thing and I would like to see this come to pass.