Cardinal Sarah’s Top 5 Quotes from Sacra Liturgia 2016


The opening session of Sacra Liturgia U.K. (July 5, 2016) featured an outstanding address by Robert Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  His Eminence touched upon all of the major topics which constitute the ongoing reform of the Roman Rite. The below quotes come to us via the official Sacra Liturgia Facebook page.

Ad Orientem beginning this Advent

“And so, dear Fathers, I ask you to implement this practice (ad orientem worship) wherever possible, with prudence and with the necessary catechesis, certainly, but also with a pastor’s confidence that this is something good for the Church, something good for our people. Your own pastoral judgement will determine how and when this is possible, but perhaps beginning this on the first Sunday of Advent this year, when we attend ‘the Lord who will come’ and ‘who will not delay’ (see: Introit, Mass of Wednesday of the first week of Advent) may be a very good time to do this. Dear Fathers, we should listen again to the lament of God proclaimed by the prophet Jeremiah: “they have turned their back to me” (2:27). Let us turn again towards the Lord!”

The Greater Use of Latin

We must get the right balance between the vernacular languages and the use of Latin in the liturgy. The Council never intended that the Roman rite be exclusively celebrated in the vernacular. But it did intend to allow its increased use, particularly for the readings. Today it should be possible, especially with modern means of printing, to facilitate comprehension by all when Latin is used, perhaps for the liturgy of the Eucharist, and of course this is particularly appropriate at international gatherings where the local vernacular is not understood by many. And naturally, when the vernacular is used, it must be a faithful translation of the original Latin, as Pope Francis recently affirmed to me.”

Kneeling for Communion

“So too kneeling at the consecration (unless I am sick) is essential. In the West this is an act of bodily adoration that humbles us before our Lord and God. It is itself an act of prayer. Where kneeling and genuflection have disappeared from the liturgy, they need to be restored, in particular for our reception of our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion. Dear Fathers, where possible and with the pastoral prudence of which I spoke earlier, form your people in this beautiful act of worship and love. Let us kneel in adoration and love before the Eucharistic Lord once again!”

Silence within the Liturgy

“We must ensure that adoration is at the heart of our liturgical celebrations. Too often we do not move from celebration to adoration, but if we do not do that I worry that we may not have always participated in the liturgy fully, internally…If I am never silent, if the liturgy gives me no space for silent prayer and contemplation, how can I adore Christ, how can I connect with him in my heart and soul? Silence is very important, and not only before and after the liturgy.”

Sacred Liturgical Music

“Before I conclude, please permit me to mention some other small ways which can also contribute to a more faithful implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium. One is that we must sing the liturgy, we must sing the liturgical texts, respecting the liturgical traditions of the Church and rejoicing in the treasury of sacred music that is ours, most especially that music proper to the Roman rite, Gregorian chant. We must sing sacred liturgical music not merely religious music, or worse, profane songs.”

Posted on July 5, 2016, in liturgy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. All good, don’t want to downplay any good initiative. But plain fact is that nothing gets fixed in the Church until the novus ordo is abolished.

  2. Michelle Tsvwkoli

    We have a blessed pastor and has already iniated these norms into our Masses. But we need to have bishops/pastors also moving more quickly in uniting the notms, despite parishoners complaints, if any.

    • “But we need to have bishops/pastors also moving more quickly in uniting the notms, despite parishoners complaints,”

      Despite parishoners concerns? It will be interesting to watch the collection plate returns with that one! Nothing like treating the dumb sheep just the clergy has been doing for centuries. Never mind what they thing or feel. We’ll just threaten them with hell if they don’t conform. Father knows best…… God help us all if that thinking prevails. Parishioners attend the church and liturgies that draws them closer to God, if they are fortunate enough to live where they have an option to. That’s why some travel great distances for a Latin ceremony, and other do the same to ensure they may receive Holy Communion under both species on Sunday. Isnt Our Lords big enough to house all of us? Why are we lacking so much in charity and love for each other? My way or the highway is really not the Way. Jesus draws as He does along the paths He chooses for each of us.

  3. Margaret Philbin

    I am so happy to hear this…let us pray that our local parishes proceed with all haste to implement these old ways

  4. So pleased to hear these points from Rome, points that are long overdue, and will finally start to lead us (those of us with no EF in the area) back where we all belong!

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