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I began this address with a consideration of the teachings of the twentieth century popes on the Sacred Liturgy. The first of them, St Pius X, had the personal motto: instaurare omia in Christo—to restore all things in Christ. I suggest that we take these words and make them our own standard as we seek to work towards a more faithful implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, for if when we come to the Sacred Liturgy we enter into the mentality of Christ, if we put on Christ as we put on our baptismal robe or the vestments proper to our liturgical ministry, we cannot go far astray.

It is sadly true that in the decades since the Second Vatican Council, “alongside [the] lights, there are also shadows” in the Church’s liturgical life, as Saint John Paul II said in H. Paus Johannes Paulus II - Encycliek
Ecclesia de Eucharistia
De Kerk leeft van de Eucharistie
(17 april 2003)
. H. Paus Johannes Paulus II, Encycliek, De Kerk leeft van de Eucharistie, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (17 apr 2003), 10 And it is our duty to address the causes of this. But it is a source of great hope and joy that today, as the twenty-first century proceeds, many faithful Catholics are convinced of the importance of the liturgy in the life of the Church and dedicate themselves to the liturgical apostolate, to what may be broadly called a new liturgical movement.

My brothers and sisters, I thank you for your commitment to the Sacred Liturgy. I encourage you and bless you in all your endeavours, great or small, to bring about “the right way of celebrating the liturgy inwardly and outwardly.” Persevere in this apostolate: the Church and the world needs you!

I ask you for your prayers for my particular ministry.

Thank you. May God bless you.

© Robert Cardinal Sarah

Prefect, Congregatie voor de Goddelijke Eredienst en de Discipline van de Sacramenten


Opening van het Internationale Congres Sacra Liturgia UK 2016
Soort: Congregatie voor de Eredienst en de Sacramenten
Auteur: Robertus Kard. Sarah
Datum: 5 juli 2016
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