Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Role of Liturgical Norms in the Eucharistic Celebration

I notice he didn't say "The Role, if any...".

An address by Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to the Path to Rome International Conference in Mexico City, November 3, 2007, published in Notitiae (Nov-Dec 2007, p 600ff), republished in Adoremus, May 2007
The norms help the parish community or the diocese to be sure that it is in communion with the universal Church in celebrating the Mass of our fathers and ancestors in the faith. They reinforce the sense and conviction of being members of a world-wide Church. They save local communities from spending precious time in the reconciliation of tastes, choices and personal theories as if these were the ultimate criteria for liturgical decision-making.

It's almost as if he would say the time spent at St. Al's on why no Penitential Rite, why no Gloria in Ordinary Time, why no Creed on Sunday, why no genuflection at the Consecration, why croutons rather than hosts, why General Absolution, etc., hasn't been time well spent.

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