Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How Pius XII viewed the early attempts to liturgical reform

 But it is neither wise nor laudable to reduce everything to antiquity by every possible device. Thus, to cite some instances, one would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive tableform; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.
Pius XII
Papal Encyclical "Mediator Dei"


Funny that some of our liturgists know better than Peter himself.

Oh, I know what they'll say.

Pius wrote Mediator Dei because...

  • He was old fashioned and the liturgical research at that time was not updated...
  • He did not read "What then is Liturgy".  Oh yeah, it was not yet published then.
  • He is not a member of the Philippine Academy for Liturgical Research 
  • He does not know inculturation
  • He was not yet smitten by the spirit of Vatican...
  • He does not know anything about the sense of community and belongingness
  • He does not eat the Meal of Love
  • He does not have any idea about the "pristine liturgy"
  • He is out of touch with the senses of the people
  • He is too much into clericalism
  • He is a pompous, hierarchical monarch who enjoys being carried around on a portable chair
And their rants would go on and on and on...

For as long as they have their own way in deciding what the Mass ought to be.

Other than those what Holy Mother Church GAVE us!

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