The lecture opened with Cardinal DiNardo describing the opening of the Second Vatican Council in October of 1962 as possibly the major event of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. "The progress of that council - its meanings, its commissions, its documents and yes, even its intrigue - constitute a remarkable richness for the renewal of the Church throughout the world," he said. That renewal, he added, was picked up intensely by the church in the United States. Cardinal DiNardo explained the first major constitution to be voted on and approved by the Vatican II council fathers in 1963 was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. The Cardinal went on to say the Second Vatican Council did something significant by theologically identifying the liturgy as the work of both the head and the members. His address then moved into discussion about the expanded Lectionary and move to a three year cycle to open up the richness of Scripture. During his lecture, Cardinal DiNardo did three things: 1) Presented a backdrop of the movement that existed prior to Vatican II. 2) Analyzed a few significant global concepts of the liturgy constitution and the direct reform items the council fathers mandated. 3) Identified three particular aspects of the liturgical reform which he considered to be crucial in the last three years - vernacular (language of the people) in the liturgy, the expanded use of Scripture by the use of the Lectionary and the introduction of multiple Eucharistic prayers into the rite of the Mass. After his lecture the Cardinal was available to answer students' questions. 60 minutes
Media ID: 62022
Publisher: Briar Cliff University
Level: SH-A

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