It also puts on a different plane the questions of ‘horizontal’ &/vs. @Paul Inwood – comment #13: None of them make much rational sense, and the ways in which people celebrate them even less sense. I think that Philip’s comment is on target. Postcommunion for both Masses of Easter Sunday. We were taught for years that the purpose of ‘church attendance’ was the salvation of my own soul, and “damn everyone else”. It’s much bigger than that. God became human, and is present when the Church prays and sings. This pastoral commentary examines the Constitution article by article. Here’s where we get “source and summit” in Vatican II, one of the most-quoted sections of … They are “high-sounding” as a result, activating anticipation. Count me as a believer in optimism, still. That when two or more of them pray together Christ is there. 10. But instead, he simply tells him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”, In a sense, Jesus is saying, “I don’t have to give you your sight; your faith has already done that. Per M. Joncas: “….Liturgy is “source” insofar as it is genuinely sacramental, i.e., a sign system that effectively causes what it signifies. Searching for the cosmic as if it is far off runs counter to the nature of liturgy presented here, as where God comes to meet us. Does this help? Christians nevertheless praise God for creation and pray for the coming of God’s kingdom, in faith, and are more deeply rooted in their relationship with God for having done so. Still, if we define God primarily as away, we should not be surprised if we end up with a liturgy that does not find God near to us. Nevertheless the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. Norms Drawn from the Hierarchic and Communal Nature of the Liturgy (26-32) 2.3.3. Its this interior preference that makes ritual, in the ancient sense, problematic. So I don’t see such rituals as “manipulating” divine power, as magic seeks to do, but rather humbly praying for what we desire, with the understanding that God’s in charge. The purpose of preaching faith and conversion to non-believers is so that they may enter the community of the faithful through faith and Baptism; church membership, in turn, is oriented toward praising God ecclesially (which may be a reference to the Liturgy of the Hours, and the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals other than the Eucharist) and celebrating the Eucharist (using the categories of the 1958 Instruction, with external, internal and sacramental participation). I would only add to Fr. They must go through a metanoia, a complete change of their value system. 10. In the original post, Michael Joncas said: “A modified formula from Pius X’s Tra le sollecitudini in which liturgy is described as (simultaneously) the glorification of God and the sanctification (and edification) of the faithful appears embedded in the final sentence of the article, reinforcing the notion that all of the Church’s activity derives from and is ordered to declaring / manifesting /celebrating God’s glory and receiving / modeling/ witnessing to human transformation in holiness.”. The numbers given correspond to section numbers within the text. God is working effectively in our everyday lives — something most people never seem to notice. Awareness, Wisdom, Will: A “Culture of Care”–in Liturgy, Pray Tell: An open forum on faith in South Texas. From the liturgy, therefore, and especially from the eucharist, as from a font, grace is poured forth upon us; and the sanctification of (people) in Christ and the glorification of God, to which all other activities of the Church are directed as toward their end, is achieved in the most efficacious possible way. I would argue that the new translation is entirely in accord with the wishes of Sacrosanctum Concilium, and it is only a most selective reading of the Constitution that allows you to argue the opposite. Calvin Symposium on Worship 2021 – Online and Free! Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing a *reaction* out of fear and defensiveness – a fear that still separates God and heaven from human and creation – as if God/heaven are physical geographic locations. Many are still in that mentality. They presume God is securely ensconced in heaven, not active here on earth. Liturgy is “summit” insofar as other ecclesial actions are ordered to it, as was intimated in article 9. Four hundred years of empirical science, a philosophical tradition based on the exclusivity and supremacy of individual consciousness, the prevailing image of an impersonal universe with no special place for humanity, may have pulled the rug from under any ability we might have had to act ritually in any meaningful sense. A similar problem is that of balance between horizontality and verticality. The celebration facing the people suggests in the first place the local community and puts less focus on God. If this is the most important and central paragraph of SC, would suggest along with Paul Inwood that the current hysteria over the *correct hermeneutic* misses the point. Faith in me enables you to see what I see.”. ( Log Out /  Christians gathered for a sacred meal which they understood as somehow enacting/replicating/modelling/making possible their life both as a commonwealth and, equally important, as being lived out in the light of a dynamic divine framework whose structure had been determined by God from all eternity. “Sunday obligation” reeks of rules, money, and power. Fact 13 Worship attendance: only 37 report attending at least weekly. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, observed that the marking of fifty years since the promulgation of the Constitution should push us “to revive the commitment to accept and implement [the] teaching [of Sacrosanctum Concilium] in an ever fuller way.” We make no particular claims to have the completeness of a Roman Catholic expression of Christianity. (The English editor of the History is Joseph Komonchak of the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.). It’s not just ‘liturgy and community’ that has lost its relationship. Nevertheless in my opinion, any consideration of SC 10 requires a consideration of the tendency of a number of Catholics to focus on the consecration as the “high point” of the Mass. I tire of reading mischaracterizations of “say the black, do the red.” The PrayTell version seems to bear no resemblance to the real thing. It contains opinion, interpretation, and personal musings. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. @Todd Flowerday – comment #16: A symptom of the failure to adequately internalize this teaching is visible in the widespread incomprehension of why Mass attendance is necessary. Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest. A Pastoral Commentary on Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council ( Log Out /  The History is caricatured as representing a so-called “hermeneutic of rupture” interpretation of Vatican II. Your email address will not be published. It provides a real entry into the ‘mysteries re-called and celebrated’. One is tempted to wonder whether the religious ferment of the 16th century did not in fact produce two ‘christianities’ the Protestant and the Catholic. Not all are based on an individual. As Fr. March 5, 2013 Michael Joncas Vatican II. Professor Marie Nuar discusses Sacrosanctum Concilium and the main points of the liturgical renewal begun by Vatican II. Importance of Religion: 58% of American say religion is very important, Fact 9. The question posed (rhetorically) by Guardini was about whether ‘modern’ man could inhabit a ritual culture which would act as a symbolic enactment of human dwelling in the universe. But the Eucharist is both: a convivial meal and an act of worship and sacrifice. Ex Liturgia ergo, praecipue ex Eucharistia, ut e fonte, gratia in nos derivatur et maxima cum efficacia obtinetur illa in Christo hominum sanctificatio et Dei glorificatio, ad quam, uti ad finem, omnia alia Ecclesiae opera contendunt. That’s it. The celebration facing the people suggests in the first place the local community and puts less focus on God. Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum concilium (4 December 1963). Nevertheless the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. The Nature of the Sacred Liturgy and Its Importance in the Church's Life (5-13) 2.2. Rituals in older societies were what kept the whole of being in being, as it were. Even their understanding something we control and use, for example, is prized over the public the. 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