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CANIMUS, SUBE FINE DICENTES
978-88-266-0596-8

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Year of publication2021
Pages nr.336
LanguageEnglish
Book coverPaperback
Editorial seriesMonumenta Studia Instrumenta Liturgica
Size17 x 24

CANIMUS, SINE FINE DICENTES

The origin and development of the “Dialogue Mass” and its influence on the preparation of the Missale Romanum of 1970

The reception of apparent pastoral needs within the liturgy has a long history in the Church, from the adaptation of the Roman rite to the Gallican culture in the Carolingian kingdom to the ongoing process of inculturation in the many regions of the world after the Second Vatican Council. The study of the influence of a practice - beginning at the beginning of the twentieth century: the "dialogical Mass" with the recited participation of the faithful according to that form of celebration understood as private - on the preparation of the Roman Missal elaborated according to the indications of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) has been neglected until today. The author traces the origins and development of a liturgical practice of compromise, the controversies that arose, and the prudent expressions of acceptance by Roman authority. He examines the influence of this experience on the thinking that guided the reform of the Rite of the Mass and on the active participation of the faithful in the liturgical celebration. The conclusion opens a reflection on the value of "spoken" versus sung celebrations, the value of the former form of participation versus the latter, and the de facto loss of the sung form in so many contexts of the Roman Rite Church. The result is the conviction that the theme is much more significant than it appears so far; addressing it may be one of the most decisive elements in the current crisis of liturgical discipline. The present volume offers itself as a basis and an invitation for a sharing and deepening of the theme.

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