Ars Celebrandi

In the course of the Synod, there was frequent insistence on the need toavoid any antithesis between the ars celebrandi, the art of proper celebration, and the full, active and fruitful participation of all the faithful. The primary way to foster the participation of the People of God in the sacred rite is the proper celebration of the rite itself. The ars celebrandi is the best way to ensure their actuosa participatio. The ars celebrandi is the fruit of faithful adherence to the liturgical norms in all their richness; indeed, for two thousand years this way of celebrating has sustained the faith life of all believers, called to take part in the celebration as the People of God, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (cf. 1 Pet 2:4-5, 9).
     – Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis
Ars celebrandi involves:
  1. Fidelity to the texts and rubrics of the Church
  2. Prayerful understanding of the liturgical texts, feasts and seasons
  3. Reverent sense of the ministers and assembly engaging in an exchange, which is the dialogue of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit
  4. Proper preparation for celebrating the liturgy