On this joyous day, we turn our attention to section 3 of Chapter I of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. This section discusses the reform of the Sacred Liturgy. Up today is a look at some general norms
“For the liturgy is made up of immutable elements divinely instituted, and of elements subject to change. These not only may but ought to be changed with the passage of time if they have suffered from the intrusion of anything out of harmony with the inner nature of the liturgy or have become unsuited to it.”
Obviously, there are parts of the liturgy that cannot be changed, but there are parts that can and should be changed if the need arises.
Today’s reading also gives us the quote that many lovers of liturgy are fond of repeating: “Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.”
Article 24 emphasizes the importance of Scripture in the liturgy, which ultimately bears fruit in the revision of the Lectionary to include a wider variety of Scripture readings.
Article 25 contains the specific call for the liturgical books to be revised, which takes place after the Council.
No Scripture references or footnotes today.