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Stewards of the Tradition - Fifty Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium


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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Liturgical Reform and the Renewal of the Church
  3. Rereading Sacrosanctum Concilium in its Historical Context
  4. Fundamental and Foundational Principles
  5. Liturgy as an Art and a Craft
  6. Living What We Celebrate
  7. Conclusion

The document Stewards of the Tradition—Fifty Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium was developed by the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The Administrative Committee of the USCCB at its September 2013 meeting authorized the issuance of the document as a formal statement of the Committee on Divine Worship. It was subsequently authorized for publication by the undersigned.

Rev. Msgr. Ronny E. Jenkins
General Secretary, USCCB

Committee on Divine Worship

Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop of New Orleans

Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

Francis E. Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago

Justin F. Cardinal Rigali
Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia

Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville

Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli
Bishop of Paterson

Most Rev. Ronald P. Herzog
Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana

Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores
Bishop of Brownsville

Most Rev. Octavio Cisneros
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn

Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Most Rev. David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh


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Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal, copyright © 2011, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); excerpts from Sacrosanctum Concilium are taken from Documents on the Liturgy: 1963-1979, copyright © 1982, ICEL. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), copyright © 2011, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.

Scripture excerpts used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, rev. ed., copyright © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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