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Vatican celebrates 50th anniversary of the first Council document published

2013-12-10

Many of the people inside Rome's Church of St. Anselmo were too young to remember the Second Vatican Council. But they heard from witnesses who vividly recall the first document the Council approved, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

Arguably, this document may have changed Catholicism for everyday churchgoers, more than any other text from the Second Vatican Council. 

FR. JORDI PIQUE
Preside, Pontifical Institute for Liturgy
"The incorporation of vernacular languages allows for a higher comprehension of the liturgy. Along with that, there's an all important increase in the use of the Word of God within the liturgy. We basically read the entire Bible.”

Delegates overwhelmingly approved the document, and Paul VI promulgated it on Dec. 4. Among other things, it allowed for more active participation of worshipers in the liturgy, as well as the Sacraments, something restricted before the Council.

It also allowed for the liturgy to be translated from Latin to the languages commonly spoken across the world. Over the years, foreign languages have replaced the use of Latin. And even today, translations into even more languages  continue.

FR. JORDI PIQUE
Preside, Pontifical Institute for Liturgy
"The diversity of languages is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit allows the Word of God to be heard in all languages, to be understandable, to be interactive. But keeping Latin as a common language allows for mutual celebrations, and allows the faithful to relate to each other.”

In addition to celebrating the first Council text, organizers used the conference to relaunch the Ecclesia Orans magazine. It is dedicated to liturgy, and had not been published for nearly 30 years.


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