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A New Liturgical Hermeneutic: Christian Maturation by Developmental Steps
Vol. 90, No. 1026 (March 2009), pp. 219-231
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43250318
Page Count: 13
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In this paper I first survey several paradigms of liturgical renewal that respond to the mandate of the Second Vatican Council and I restate a suggestion made in 2007 for a new model of liturgical study, 'Appreciating the Liturgy'. This new model encourages a deeper appreciation of the current liturgy and is offered that the Church may better discern the way forward in the renewal of the liturgy. Then, following a brief presentation of the liturgical hermeneutic taught at the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy and a practical example of analysing a prayer with this method, I conclude by showing how the 'Appreciating the Liturgy' model has helped to reveal a liturgical hermeneutic heretofore overlooked, that of Christian maturation by developmental steps. The method which Daniel McCarthy and I have developed and used here can validly be applied to other liturgical sources, yet this paper's conclusions, based on the analysis of a newly-composed oration in one of the renewed texts (editiones typicae) resulting from the Second Vatican Council and the Constitution on the Liturgy, suggest that Christian maturation was a real concern of those taking part in the Council.
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