A Challenging Reform: Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewal

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In these pages Archbishop Piero Marini reveals the Vision, courage, and faith of the pastors and scholars who struggled to implement the Second Vatican Council's teachings on the liturgy. While in some circles it is fashionable to propose a reform of the liturgical reform, any such revision needs to take into account the history of the consilium 'the organism established by the Holy See to carry out the initial liturgical changes. This story of the work of the consilium offers a fascinating glimpse into the ...

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Overview

In these pages Archbishop Piero Marini reveals the Vision, courage, and faith of the pastors and scholars who struggled to implement the Second Vatican Council's teachings on the liturgy. While in some circles it is fashionable to propose a reform of the liturgical reform, any such revision needs to take into account the history of the consilium 'the organism established by the Holy See to carry out the initial liturgical changes. This story of the work of the consilium offers a fascinating glimpse into the struggles and tensions that accompanied the realization of the council's dream to promote the full, conscious and active participation" of the faithful in Roman Catholic worship.

Piero Marini was ordained on June 27, 1965. He became the personal secretary for Archbishop Annibale Bugnini in 1975 and in 1987 was appointed the head of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, a position he currently holds. In 1998, Marini was appointed Titular Bishop of Martirano, Italy, and was ordained bishop the following month. In 2003, Marini was appointed Titular Archbishop of Martirano. He also served as the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations from 1987-2007.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Marini offers unique insights into an important institution in the life of the post-Vatican II Church.
The Jurist

In this wonderful book the reader is encouraged to rediscover the vision, courage, and faith of those who struggled in the past as the story of liturgical reform is shaped for the future.
Celebrate!

[Offers] a very readable and clear story of the Consilium’s activities.
Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses

Marini’s book is a reminder that the Second Vatican Council was and continues to be a defining moment for the Church—something many younger Catholics have never experienced or older Catholics have already forgotten, because of the overly controlling and authoritarian style of ecclesiastical office holders.
Catholic Books Review

Marini has done a charitable service for the Church by keeping fresh the vision of the Council Fathers. It is a helpful work at the onset of the twenty-first century as the Church continues visioning and realizing this challenging reform of liturgy.
Pastoral Liturgy

Archbishop Marini’s book is a very valuable service to the historians of Vatican II and its implementation, and places on record the immensely influential work done by those entrusted with renewing the Church’s worship.
The Furrow

Archbishop Marini has offered a concise history of the Consilium and its contribution to the realization of the liturgical renewal in the Church. The author’s collaborative style is exhibited in the fact that he engaged three liturgists to assist in the editing of his work: Fr. Mark Francis, CSV; Dr. John Page, former Executive Secretary of ICEL; and Keith Pecklers, SJ. Fortunately, Archbishop Marini’s 2007 appointment as President of the Pontifical Commission for International Eucharistic Congresses offered him time to record a significant slice of contemporary liturgical history of which he was a part—with both its tedious tensions and awesome achievements.
Verbum SVD

There is much to praise here. The prehistory of the council is told succinctly. Clear paragraphs offering ‘conclusions’ close each chapter. An appendix presents primary documentation translated into English. Two indices help make quick references back to the main text. It’s a book lover’s book. Editors Mark R. Francis, John R. Page, and Keith F. Pecklers deserve our thanks for bringing this work to an English-reading audience.
Pastoral Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814630358
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Piero Marini was ordained on June 27, 1965. He became the personal secretary for Archbishop Annibale Bugnini in 1975 and in 1987 was appointed the head of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, a position he currently holds. In 1998, Marini was appointed Titular Bishop of Martirano, Italy, and was ordained bishop the following month. In 2003, Marini was appointed Titular Archbishop of Martirano. He also served as the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations from 1987-2007.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Abbreviations     xii
Introduction     xiii
The Idea of a Consilium (October-December 1963)
The Primitiae Document     1
Plans for the Organization of the Reform     8
Conclusion     11
The Consilium Is Born (January-March 1964)
The Preparatory Consilium     15
The Motu Proprio Sacram Liturgiam     19
In the Wake of the Motu Proprio     29
Authority and Composition of the Consilium     33
Conclusion     36
The Consilium's First Period of Activity, Prospects and Difficulties (March-June 1964)
The First Meetings     41
A Controversy Between the Congregation for Rites and the Consilium     58
The Third Plenary Meeting     61
Conclusion     65
The Instruction Inter Oecumenici, a Decisive Turning Point (July-October 1964)
The Sacred Congregation for Rites' Position on the Instruction     67
The Reaction of the Consilium     70
The Consilium's Position Adopted     74
Conclusion     76
The Consilium Engages the Reform (October 1964-March 1965)
Meeting in the Wake of the Instruction Inter Oecumenici     81
The Pope's Strategic Support of the Consilium     85
Meetings for Presidents of National Liturgical Commissions and Editors of Liturgical Periodicals     89
The Pope's Continuing Support; Appointment of Bugnini as Undersecretary of the Congregation for Rites     91
The Birth of Notitiae     93
The Publications That Followed the Instruction     94
Conclusion     112
Activity of the Study Groups
Groups I-IX: The Calendar and the Divine Office     117
Groups X-XVIII: The Reform of the Mass     121
Groups XX and XXI: The Reform of the Pontifical     127
Groups XXII and XXIII: The Reform of the Ritual     128
Specific Reforms     129
Conclusion     131
The Aftermath of the Initial Reform (1965-1980)
The Consilium (1965-1968)     133
Curial Reorganization (1969-1974)     141
Bugnini Leaves the Scene (1975)     148
Reflections on the Contribution of the Consilium     151
Conclusion     157
Editors' Epilogue     159
Appendix
Motu Proprio Primitiae et adnexa Instructio
Introduction     161
Text     162
The "Memorandum" of the French Liturgical Commission
Introduction     168
Text     168
Promemoria on the Interpretation of the Liturgical Constitution
Introduction     171
Text     171
Principles and Norms for the Confirmation of the Acts of the Episcopal Conferences
Introduction     173
Text     173
Formula of Promulgation of Deliberations of a General Character
Introduction     177
Text     177
Difficulties Between the Consilium and the Sacred Congregation for Rites on the Draft of the Instruction
Introduction     178
Text
Schema of Instruction prepared by the Consilium     180
Observations by the SCR on the Instruction prepared by the Consilium (July 23, 1964)     181
Response from the Consilium to the Observations made by the Sacred Congregation for Rites (August 31, 1964)     187
Subject Index     199
Names Index     203
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