Monday, December 21, 2009

Fr. Mauro Gagliardi on Liturgical Vestments and the Vesting Prayers

Some of our readers will no doubt be interested in Fr. Mauro Gaglariadi's most recent column in Zenit from Dec. 18th, on the topic of the sacred liturgy, Liturgical Vestments and the Vesting Prayers.

Zenit summarizes the article accordingly: "In this article, Father Mauro Gagliardi, a consultor of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, explains the prayers the celebrant says while vesting for the liturgy.

"These prayers -- the reciting of which is an ancient custom -- are brief, but very rich from a biblical, theological and spiritual point of view.

"Such a liturgical practice must be retained rather than jettisoned," he explains. "Its beauty and utility for the priest's spiritual life needs to be rediscovered."

Fr. Gagliardi makes this appeal as part of his conclusion:

In conclusion, one hopes that the rediscovery of the symbolism of the liturgical vestments and the vesting prayers will encourage priests to take up again the practice of praying as they are dressing for the liturgy so as to prepare themselves for the celebration with the necessary recollection.

While it is possible to use different prayers, or simply to lift one's mind up to God, nevertheless the texts of the vesting prayers are brief, precise in their language, inspired by a biblical spirituality and have been prayed for centuries by countless sacred ministers. These prayers thus recommend themselves still today for the preparation for the liturgical celebration, even for the liturgy according to the ordinary form of the Roman Rite.

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