Day #98: Sacrosanctum Concilium 125-130

Today we condclude the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy with one more look at Sacred Art and Furnishings.

Here we see the Council’s desire to maintain the use of statues for the faithful to venerate (article 125), the place of the diocesan commission on sacred art (article 126), and the place of the artists themsevles (article 127).

Finally, we see a call for the revision of laws about sacred art so that they are in union with the revisions to be made in the liturgical books (article 128), a call for the education of seminarians on sacred art (article 129), and a final statement on reserving pontificals to bishops (article 130).

No Scripture references or footnotes.


Day #97: Sacrosanctum Concilium 122-124

Today in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, we begin Chapter VII on Sacred Art and Furnishings.  This is the final chapter of the document.

Article 122 introduces the chapter by calling to mind the importance of sacred art and the Churcch’s interest in passing judgment upon them.  The Church does not adopt a single form of art (article 123) and the bishops take care to see that sacred places are worthily ornamented (article 124).

No Scripture references or footnotes.

Day #96: Sacrosanctum Concilium 117-121

Today we conclude the chapter on Sacred Music in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

Today’s passage calls for a new edition of the books on Gregorian chant (article 117).  It also encourages promoting singing among the people (article 118) and utilizing the musical tradition native to certain missionary areas (articles 119).

The pipe organ is lifted up asa particularly worthy instrument, but bishops may give permission for othwer instruments to be used (asrticle 120).  And we finish off the chapter with an encouragement of composers (article 121)

No Scripture references or footnotes.

Day #95: Sacrosanctum Concilium 112-116

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.”

These strong words begin Chapter VI in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy on Sacred Music.

“The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.”

This section calls for the promotion of the Church’s musical tradition and training for those who would in turn teach our seminarians.

Today, the Scripture references are in the footnote:

[42] Cf. Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16.


Day #94: Sacrosanctum Concilium 106-111

Following yesterday’s reading on the purpose of the Liturgical Year, today’s reading from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy completes that reflection with a look at what changes should be made.

Sunday is to be lifted up and its importance emphasized (article 106).  The liturgical seasons are to be “preserved or restored” (article 107).  Christological feasts are to be emphasized and take precedence (artilce 108).

The connection between Lent and both Baptism and penance is to be emphasized (articles 109 & 110).  And finally, the celebration of saints’ feast days are not to overshadow “the feasts which commemorate the very mysteries of salvation” (article 111).  This leads to the revision of the calendar which involves the celebration of many saints’ feast days being left off the calendar or utilized only in more local areas.

Here is the Scripture references:

1 Peter 1:3

No footnotes.

Day #93: Sacrosanctum Concilium 102-105

In our reading from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, we look at the first half of Chapter V on the Liturgical Year.  This section lays out the theological foundation for the practical decrees which will follow in tomorrow’s reading.

The liturgical year allows us to make present those parts of Jesus’ life in our own day (article 102), as well ass to honor Mary (article 103) and the saints (article 104).  It also gives the opportunity for “the formation of the faithful by means of pious practices for soul and body, by instruction, prayer, and works of penance and of mercy” (article 104).

No Scripture references or footnotes.

Day #92: Sacrosanctum Concilium 97-101

Today in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy we complete the chapter on the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Council gives some leeway to bishops and religious superiors in applying the obligation to those under their authority (article 97) and also gives some leeway for those to fulfill their obligation by praying a duly approved shorter form (artilce 98).

The chapter ends with an encouragement for all to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, as well as some accommodations for it to be translated into the vernacular.

No Scripture references or footnotes.