Vatican Council II: Reforming Liturgy (HARDBACK)
Sacrosanctum Concilium opened the door to all Christians to understand the contemporary challenge to their life and health, and it started with the reform of the liturgy. In the words of Paul VI the liturgy is the ‘first source of life communicated to us, the first school of our spiritual life, the first gift we can give to Christian people by our believing and praying, and the first invitation to the world.’ That is surely true for all of us. Rev Robert Gribben Professor Emeritus of Worship and Mission Uniting Church and United Faculties of Theology, Melbourne, Australia We have to continue to believe that we can inspire a new generation of young people to fall in love with the same Christ, the same Triune God, the same Eucharist and the same troubled but beautiful Church which we know so well and sometimes forget how much we love. Most Rev Michael Putney Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Townsville, Australia Tilling the soil, therefore, is an important task because there still lies ahead many years for allowing the power of the Spirit unleashed through Vatican II to breathe freely in the Church and beyond. This will draw Christians closer to their true identity as the People of God joined in the Mystical Body of Christ. Dr Julia Upton RSM Professor Department of Theology and Religious Studies, New York, USA Almost fifty years after Sacrosanctum Concilium we can point to a change of perspective in liturgical practice: from an attention to ‘reform’ the liturgy to an understanding of the liturgy as the ‘form’ for the renewal of the life of the Church. Archbishop Piero Marini President Pontifical Council for Eucharistic Congresses
Carmel Pilcher RSJ is a Josephite Sister living in Sydney. She is a liturgical consultant and educator based in Sydney. Carmel is currently a member of the council of Societas Liturgica. She is a member and past president of the Australian Academy of Liturgy.
David Orr OSB is a monk of the Benedictine Community at Arcadia, NSW. He has served on both the National and Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. He is a member of the Australian Academy of Liturgy and Societas Liturgica. He continues to write liturgical commentaries for magazines, including Worship and The Summit.
Elizabeth Harrington is a liturgical educator for the Archdiocese of Brisbane and writes a weekly column entitled ‘Liturgy Lines’ in the Catholic newspaper in Brisbane, The Leader.
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