Those of us over 50 (only just)
remember
 Vatican 11 is like the
1st world War or the
invention of the typewriters.
 We ...
Why a Latin title?
Sacrosanctum Concilium
Means
“This Most Holy Council…”
Preamble
 SC (Sacrosanctum Concilium) approved
by Pope Paul V1 on December 4th 1963
was the first of the documents of the...
What task did the Council set
itself?
 Increasing vigour to the Christian life of
the faithful.
 To adapt more suitably ...
The POWER of LITURGY
Specifically the Constitution wished that
Liturgy will help us to:
1. live the mystery of CHRIST
2. W...
So what’s the fuss
about?
 On a certain Sunday we
went to mass and found it
very different.
 Mass was in Latin and
Engli...
• Possibly the most influential of all the
documents.
• Everyday lives of millions of Catholics have
been influenced.
• Ap...
Why is it so important?
“the liturgical renewal is the most visible
fruit of the whole work of the Council”
 “for most pe...
Why is it so important?
 “I would like everyone to make a
commitment to study this great mystery
especially by revisiting...
Times They are A-Changing
 Fun loving 1960’s
 Vietnam war
 Sexual revolution
 So lets all change the mass!
Gradual changes
 In French and German monasteries
monks were concerned with recovering
the original meaning of the mass
...
Aggiornamento
 Bringing things up to date
 John XX111 called for the Church to
update its presentation of its message
 ...
• Most immediate effect of the Document on the lives of
individual Catholics
“Mother Church earnestly desires that all the...
A Living Tradition
 The Church has to pass onto the next generation
what is essential, what must be handed on to
maintain...
Key points to look for
 The Paschal Mystery,
 Death
 Resurrection
 Glorification
 Of JESUS the chief meaning of all
t...
The Church
 Not the Vatican
 Not the Pope and
Bishops
 But ALL OF US
 Baptism plunges us
into this mystery
 We gather...
The LITURGY
 Is the “Source and Summit” of the life
of the Church
 liturgies are not private ceremonies
 All of us have...
Several masses
What lay behind some of the
changes?
 A Noble Simplicity short, clear
and readily understandable
 Sacred Scripture –
amp...
Did everything change then?
 Not immediately
 To begin with very cautious
 Holy Communion under both kinds
 Concelebra...
So what happened?
The Constitution did not
immediately change the mass
 Paul V1 convened a committee to
oversee the Mass ...
Gradual change in the Mass
 The Eucharistic Prayer was retained in
Latin, and no substantial changes were
made. In 1967, ...
Reordering of our Churches
In order to enable greater participation
many Churches were reordered.
A proper dignified place...
Exciting developments
 A real need to read this for
yourselves!
 The Council Fathers discussed
how the local languages w...
Norms some of these we take
for granted now
 Devout and active participation of
everyone
 Bible to be opened up
 The Ho...
 Communion of the Lord’s Body from the
same sacrifice is warmly recommended
 (Tabernacle)
 Communion under both kinds –...
What are your thoughts on all
this?
 Can you turn to your neighbour and
chat about what you have heard.
 Do you feel tha...
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The church considers her liturgy

  1. 1. Those of us over 50 (only just) remember  Vatican 11 is like the 1st world War or the invention of the typewriters.  We know they happened but those of us under 50 don’t remember anything radically different about mass except we had a new one
  2. 2. Why a Latin title? Sacrosanctum Concilium Means “This Most Holy Council…”
  3. 3. Preamble  SC (Sacrosanctum Concilium) approved by Pope Paul V1 on December 4th 1963 was the first of the documents of the Council.  The introduction had several points in mind not only for the reform of the liturgy but for the Council itself...
  4. 4. What task did the Council set itself?  Increasing vigour to the Christian life of the faithful.  To adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times  To foster union among all who believe in Christ  To call all people into the Church.
  5. 5. The POWER of LITURGY Specifically the Constitution wished that Liturgy will help us to: 1. live the mystery of CHRIST 2. We are the Body of the Lord 3. Present Christ to the world. “BECOME WHAT YOU RECEIVE”
  6. 6. So what’s the fuss about?  On a certain Sunday we went to mass and found it very different.  Mass was in Latin and English  Instead of the server “answering” mass we also spoke out loud the responses of the Mass  We heard the Epistle and the Gospel in English and not in Latin
  7. 7. • Possibly the most influential of all the documents. • Everyday lives of millions of Catholics have been influenced. • Approved by a huge majority of bishops • (2,147 to 4) • Promulgated by Pope Paul 1V in 1963 Why study this document today?
  8. 8. Why is it so important? “the liturgical renewal is the most visible fruit of the whole work of the Council”  “for most people the message of the Second Vatican Council has been experienced principally through liturgical reform” John Paul 11  Not only the Mass but the other sacraments.
  9. 9. Why is it so important?  “I would like everyone to make a commitment to study this great mystery especially by revisiting and exploring the Council’s text on the liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, so as to bear witness courageously to the mystery” (Benedict XV1)
  10. 10. Times They are A-Changing  Fun loving 1960’s  Vietnam war  Sexual revolution  So lets all change the mass!
  11. 11. Gradual changes  In French and German monasteries monks were concerned with recovering the original meaning of the mass  1910 Pius X called for “active participation in the rites of the mass”  1950’s Pius X11 restored the Easter Vigil to its former glory on Holy Saturday night as well as a reform of the Triduum
  12. 12. Aggiornamento  Bringing things up to date  John XX111 called for the Church to update its presentation of its message  He did not want the Church to loose touch with contemporary world  But he wanted to return to the early centuries back to the sources
  13. 13. • Most immediate effect of the Document on the lives of individual Catholics “Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations...”a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people”(1Peter2:9) it is their right and duty by reason of their baptism (SC14) Participation of the Laity
  14. 14. A Living Tradition  The Church has to pass onto the next generation what is essential, what must be handed on to maintain the truth of the Church  We do this by going back to the way mass and other sacraments have been celebrated in the past  The new generation must be aware of the past before they can grasp that which is essential for the present.
  15. 15. Key points to look for  The Paschal Mystery,  Death  Resurrection  Glorification  Of JESUS the chief meaning of all the Sacraments and upon which everything else depends.
  16. 16. The Church  Not the Vatican  Not the Pope and Bishops  But ALL OF US  Baptism plunges us into this mystery  We gather as an EUCHARISTIC PEOPLE
  17. 17. The LITURGY  Is the “Source and Summit” of the life of the Church  liturgies are not private ceremonies  All of us have a part to play
  18. 18. Several masses
  19. 19. What lay behind some of the changes?  A Noble Simplicity short, clear and readily understandable  Sacred Scripture – ample, varied, more suitable.  Ministry of preaching is part of the liturgy. From Sacred Scripture; the proclamation of God’s wonderful works.
  20. 20. Did everything change then?  Not immediately  To begin with very cautious  Holy Communion under both kinds  Concelebration  Dialogue mass in Latin  Canon in Latin
  21. 21. So what happened? The Constitution did not immediately change the mass  Paul V1 convened a committee to oversee the Mass and other Sacraments.  There have been later signs of renewal  Women in the Sanctuary  Vernacular
  22. 22. Gradual change in the Mass  The Eucharistic Prayer was retained in Latin, and no substantial changes were made. In 1967, the Canon was permitted to be said in the vernacular, and in 1969, the New Rite (Ordinary Form was introduced)  Benedict XV further requested translations to be faithful to the Latin
  23. 23. Reordering of our Churches In order to enable greater participation many Churches were reordered. A proper dignified place for  The Altar  The Ambo  The Presidential Chair  The People
  24. 24. Exciting developments  A real need to read this for yourselves!  The Council Fathers discussed how the local languages were to be used: how cultural adaptations could be brought into the liturgy.  But always the fine balance between doing your “own thing” and the approval of the local bishop
  25. 25. Norms some of these we take for granted now  Devout and active participation of everyone  Bible to be opened up  The Homily on Sundays and Holy Days  Common Prayer or Prayers of the Faithful  Vernacular limited at first. Latin to be retained some parts said by laity
  26. 26.  Communion of the Lord’s Body from the same sacrifice is warmly recommended  (Tabernacle)  Communion under both kinds – limited but now universal in this Diocese  Concelebration  Catecumenate restored (RCIA) Norms some of these we take for granted now
  27. 27. What are your thoughts on all this?  Can you turn to your neighbour and chat about what you have heard.  Do you feel that during mass we are included or does it seem like a performance of an ancient liturgy?  Do you think that the aims of the Council Fathers for a renewal of liturgy were realised?

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