Mar 15, 2013

Basic Resources on Liturgy

Online Edition:
March 2013
Vol. XIX, No. 1

Basic Resources on Liturgy

Sacrosanctum Concilium – Vatican II Constitution on the liturgy

Catechism of the Catholic Church

1. Pt II, Sec 2, Ch 1, Article 3 – The Sacrament of the Eucharist (§§1322-1419) basic summary:

2. Pt III, Sec 2, Ch 1, Article 3 – The Sabbath Day (§§2168-2195) on Sunday and the Eucharist:

Redemptionis Sacramentum – on matters to be observed or avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist (2004)

Ecclesia de Eucharistia – Pope John Paul II’s 2003 encyclical

General Instruction of the Roman

Other Church documents related to liturgy: see Church Documents

Recommended reading: Pope Benedict XVI/Cdl. Ratzinger – Spirit of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press)

Mystical Body: Mystical Voice by Fr. Douglas Martis and Christopher Carstens (Liturgy Training Publications) book/DVD — Good explanation of the new Missal texts

US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statements on liturgy (for background on Church music and architecture — ordering information at

Sing to the Lord (on music) (revised 2012)

Built of Living Stones (on church architecture)



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