Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis

The post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis has been released. Just a few observations (not in particular order):

1. Reverence to the Eucharist, sacrificial nature of the Mass

2. Proper placement of the Tabernacle in the Sanctuary

3. The Hermeneutic of Continuity not rapture.

4. Use of Latin and Gregorian Chants especially during, reading between the lines, but not limited to international gatherings. That, as Fr. Z and a few others, translates the Latin aequum est into english "it is proper, reasonable, right" that such liturgies be celebrated in Latin and that the better-known prayers be celebrated in Latin. He even asks the future seminarians to "receive the preparation needed to understand and to celebrate Mass in Latin," to use Latin texts and Gregorian chants and not to forget that the Laity can be taught to recite the more common prayers in Latin and sing parts of the Liturgy to Gregorian chants.

"... exceptis lectionibus, homilia et oratione fidelium, aequum est ut huiusmodi celebrationes fiant lingua Latina; similiter Latine recitentur orationes pervulgatae"

5. Active Participation does not refer to mere external activity

Though many expected, to name a few, references to the Tridentine Mass, more specifically, to its liberation, and expected that it would have some legislations in it to forcefully counter liturgical abuses, it shows what vision the Holy Father has for the Church's liturgical direction. He might have just laid the groundwork for the reform of the reform.

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