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Sacra Liturgia 2013 – Opening Day

Posted by Sofia Guerra
25 June 2013 Anno Domini

An international conference organised by the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France, to study, promote and renew the appreciation of liturgical formation and celebration and its foundation for the mission of the Church, particularly in the light of the teaching and example of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, falling within the Year of Faith to commemorate 50 years since the start of the Second Vatican Council, in accordance with the pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Church throughout the world is preparing to celebrate the Year of Faith to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council an event which launched the most extensive renewal of the Roman Rite ever known. Based upon a deepening appreciation of the sources of the liturgy, the Council promoted the full and active participation of the faithful in the Eucharistic sacrifice.

At our distance today from the Council Fathers’ expressed desires regarding liturgical renewal, and in the light of the universal Church’s experience in the intervening period, it is clear that a great deal has been achieved; but it is equally clear that there have been many misunderstandings and irregularities. The renewal of external forms, desired by the Council Fathers, was intended to make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery.

Its true purpose was to lead people to a personal encounter with the Lord, present in the Eucharist, and thus with the living God, so that through this contact with Christ’s love, the love of his brothers and sisters for one another might also grow. Yet not infrequently, the revision of liturgical forms has remained at an external level, and “active participation” has been confused with external activity.

Hence much still remains to be done on the path of real liturgical renewal. In a changed world, increasingly fixated on material things, we must learn to recognize anew the mysterious presence of the Risen Lord, which alone can give breadth and depth to our life.

- Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the Closing of the International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 2012

For more on the Sacra Liturgia conference the website address is: http://sacraliturgia2013.com/

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ROME: Sacra Liturgia Conference – Day 1

Posted by Father John Zuhlsdorf at his blog.
Father Z’s Blog (WDTPRS.com)
25 June 2013 A.D.

The long-awaited conference on sacred liturgy in Rome is underway.

We began with Vespers, sung in the Church of Sant’Appolinare near the Piazza Navona.

A shot from my angle.

Now for the rest of this glorious post, please click HERE!


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