Let’s Take the Church Back (to Vatican II)

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Sacrosanctum Concilium showed me that “the regulation of the liturgy depends solely on the authority of the church and the local bishop” (Art. 1). “No one, even a priest, should add, remove or change anything in the liturgy on his or her own” (Art. 3). The document goes on to state that the Mass should be clean, uncomplicated and “radiate a rich simplicity” (Art. 34). The council emphasized the importance of retaining the language of Latin: “The use of the Latin language is to be maintained in the Latin rites” (Art. 36). This is not to exclude the vernacular language that had now been deemed permissible (at the discretion of the bishop): “There may well be a suitable place for the local language in masses celebrated with a congregation” (Art. 54). However, the next sentence specifies that the assembly should be able to “say or sing in Latin the parts of that Mass which are appropriately theirs” (Art. 54). Musically, the “growth of choirs should be energetically fostered, especially in cathedral churches” (Art. 114). “Gregorian chant should be given place of primacy in liturgical activity” (Art. 116). “The pipe organ should be held in great honor” (Art. 120). With all due respect to composers who write hymns with music and lyrics by ___ composer, the council gives preference to “[hymn texts that] draw principally on scripture and on sources from within the liturgy” (Art. 121). 

Let’s Take the Church Back (to Vatican II)

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