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Perth seminar told liturgical renewal a "work in progress"

Last night's Perth seminar to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II liturgy document Sacrosanctum Concilium was told that despite the Council's strong consensus on the need for liturgical reform, it still remains to be achieved.

University of Notre Dame Senior Lecturer Fr Russell Hardiman said the centuries of work that had preceded the Second Vatican Council led to a consensus about liturgical renewal which "had not been achieved in other areas of Church life".

"Few other areas had such widely accepted support at the Council or since," he said.

Benedictine monk David Berry lamented the fact that there is still a long way to go before the majority of the faithful are able to access the spiritual riches of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Angela McCarthy of the WA Chapter of the Australian Academy of Liturgy argued: "Sacrosanctum Concilium brought the restoration of the liturgy into a new era, but our Catholic congregations still do not in some instances, participate as actively as the liturgy requires and so our renewal still needs energy and perseverance."

The ecumenical liturgy and symposium drew an audience of liturgists and leaders from the Catholic, Anglican, Uniting churches. The event was held at Murdoch University's Worship Centre.

Liturgical renewal: a "work in progress" conclude liturgists (Vias Tuas)

Sacrosanctum Concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy - Second Vatican Council, Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI On December 4, 1963
Times were a-changing (Catholic Weekly 7/12/03)
Archbishop warns against liturgy nostalgia (CathNews 4/12/03)
The Fortieth Anniversary of the Liturgical Reform of Vatican II (David Orr OSB)
Some Highlights of the Liturgical Renewal Initiated by Sacrosanctum Concilium (Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments)

Liturgical music must be reverent, accentuate the sacred, Pope writes (Catholic World News 4/12/03)
Music must be appropriate for liturgical celebration (Vatican Information Service/EWTN 4/12/03)

5 Dec 2003