Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sacramentum Caritatis

I just did a quick preliminary reading of Sacramentum Caritatis, at ZENIT. Everyone but the "spirit of Vatican II" crowd and the most intransigent "preserved in amber" sorts should be very pleased. The Holy Father knows what he's doing. Just the thought of making sure seminarians learn Latin, chant, and art history makes me feel a lot better. Among many good points, the following quote is particularly appropriate.
"A solid knowledge of the history of sacred art can be advantageous for those responsible for commissioning artists and architects to create works of art for the liturgy. Consequently it is essential that the education of seminarians and priests include the study of art history, with special reference to sacred buildings and the corresponding liturgical norms. Everything related to the Eucharist should be marked by beauty. Special respect and care must also be given to the vestments, the furnishings and the sacred vessels, so that by their harmonious and orderly arrangement they will foster awe for the mystery of God, manifest the unity of the faith and strengthen devotion"

1 comment:

Hooda Thunkit said...

Sounds encouraging..., very encouraging!