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Cardinal Sarah speaks of ‘sound tradition,’ ‘legitimate progress’ in the liturgy

March 19, 2015

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Reflecting on the collect of the Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said in a brief article that the sacred liturgy is a treasure that is not ours, but something “received through pure grace.”

A humble attitude in the presence of this treasure leads priest and people alike to fulfill liturgical norms, he continued.

Guarding the sacred liturgy, Cardinal Sarah wrote, “does not mean remaining closed in the past,” but “maintaining sound tradition” and being open to “a legitimate progress.” Active participation in the liturgy, he added, leads to active participation in the life of the Church, including works of charity.


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