Catholic Dictionary

Term

CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP

Definition

Established in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, it became an autonomous part of the Roman Curia, with authority over all questions of divine worship, both liturgical and extraliturgical. Its three offices were as follows: 1. approval of calendars, interpretation of liturgical norms, and the care of doctrinal, pastoral, and ritual aspects of liturgical worship; 2. communication with episcopal conferences on all questions of worship; 3. promotion of the liturgical apostolate, of sacred music and art, and maintaining contact with liturgical and pastoral institutes. In 1875 it became part of the new Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship.