Monday, September 29, 2008

"There rupture" in the liturgy

"As Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his letter which accompanied Summorum Pontificum: 'In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture.'

The Gregorian Rite is today a living liturgical rite which will continue its progress without losing any of its riches handed on in tradition. For as the Holy Father continued, 'What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.'

May this book assist the Church of today and of tomorrow in realising Pope Benedict’s vision."

Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos
Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”
25 September 2008
-- from the introduction to the new edition of The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described edited by Alcuin Reid

(Photo: Fr Dennis Gordon, FSSP, and His Eminence Cardinal Hoyos on Friday, May 30th 2008, in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ following ordination of four priests for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.)

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