It'd be difficult for a person who works in Roman Catholic and in many mainline non-Catholic denominations to let today pass without noting the 50th anniversary of the first Vatican II document, Sacrosanctam Conciliam, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
50 years ago today, the bishop-fathers of Vatican II nearly unanimously approved the document which would ultimately kick-start a reform and renewal of worship and Church life around the world. Pope Paul VI, who continued the Council called by Bl. John XXIII, then promulgated (set forth, officialized) the pastoral teaching document for the whole Church.
In the Diocese of Des Moines, we're looking forward to a yearlong commemoration, celebration, and renewal of worship and Church life. Click here for the first look at the year's events. More to follow, and on Friday, I'll begin the first of a year of weekly blog posts on the Pastors of Reform and Renewal--all six popes who have served the Church during and since the Council. Follow...and discuss!
Let us pray for continued renewal of our worship life in the Diocese of Des Moines. May God continue to bless all who serve in the ministries of worship: clergy, musicians, liturgy preparers, readers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, hospitality ministers!