Thursday, April 13, 2006

April Adoremus Bulletin

The April edition of the Adoremus Bulletin has some interesting looking pieces, including:

The Eucharistic Spirituality of the Church: Formation, Catechesis -- and assessment of results -- are essential for true liturgical reform by Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith

The Rediscovery of Musical Treasure -- Saint Cecilia Schola Cantorum Holds Gregorian Chant Workshop by Arlene Oost-Zinner

What will Pope Benedict's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Say About Liturgy? by Helen Hull Hitchcock

As part of the latter article by Helen Hull Hitchcock, she notes the following, which is another exciting proposal:

According to a March 20 report by Catholic News Agency (, citing an unnamed Vatican source, the commission will approve “a proposal and a plan for liturgical reform” in the Apostolic Exhortation that the Holy Father expected to be released by October 2006. CNA’s “Vatican source” said that the exhortation would include an invitation to greater use of Latin in the daily prayer of the Church and in the Mass -- with the exception of the Liturgy of the Word -- as well as in large public and international Masses. It would also encourage a greater use of Gregorian chant and classical polyphonic music, the CNA report said, the gradual elimination of the use of songs whose music or lyrics are secular in origin, as well as the elimination of instruments that are “inadequate for liturgical use”. The story said that the pope is expected to call for “more decorum and liturgical sobriety in the celebration of the Eucharist, excluding dance and, as much as possible, applause”.

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