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Colombo Proceedings and Resolutions

UPDATE: Links for the last two addresses have been corrected

The full texts of the addresses of Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Martin Mosebach, and the Sri Lankan scholars Fr. Cecil Joy Perera and Fr. Daya Sheldon Welikadarchchi during the Liturgy Convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka this past September have been posted on the website of the Archdiocese of Colombo. The Liturgy Convention of the Archdiocese of Colombo from September 1 to 3, 2010 was held as one of the inaugural events of the Archdiocese's Year of the Eucharist. (Rorate's previous post on this can be found here.)
The addresses are:

The Archdiocesan website has also published a summary of the principles that the Archbishop would like his flock to follow:

1.We would also seek ways to renew our spiritual life and revitalize with a true spirituality in the Holy Eucharist and living out our pastoral responsibilities in line with the shepherdly love given to us in the Holy Eucharist,

2. Enhance a sense of reverence and veneration to the Most Holy Eucharist. Beautify the place and the atmosphere where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated. Prepare yourself well for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist devotedly and live a exemplary life based on the spirituality of the Holy Eucharist. Prepare your homilies and give an inspiring homily based on the Word of God on the day.

3. Invite the faithful to receive the Holy Communion kneeling, provide facilities for them to kneel at the Altar railings and help them to receive Holy Communion with reverence and devotion.

4. Except the Holy Scriptures, no other readings or readings of the founders of the congregations or any other non Catholic readings to be done in the Holy Masses.

5. No songs to be sung in the Holy Mass. The Priest is not to be a protagonist in celebrating the Holy Mass, but it is Lord Jesus who is present in the Priest while he celebrate the Most Holy Eucharist. Holy Eucharist is not the place to show off our talents, instruct your faithful to dress properly when they are coming to read the Word of God or read the intentions or when bringing offerings to the Altar.

6. The Vespers Services should be meaningful prayerful services and not ‘public shows’. Psalms should be sung in the Vespers Services and not popular hymns.

7. Prayers of the faithful ( intentions ) should be recited and not to be sung with popular tunes of songs. If needed, only the response to be sung with the common tune used in the liturgical services.

8. Whenver possible pray the Evening Prayer with the people. Strengthen the Hours of Adoration before the Eucharistic Lord in your parishes.

9. Therefore please adhere to the Liturgical norms of the Church in the spirit of renewing your spiritual life and the spiritual life of the faithful.


Anonymous said...

Certainly the prayers shouldn't be sung to "popular tunes," but why can't they be chanted? And why is chanting the prayers not a recommendation, but something only to be done "if needed"?

7. Prayers of the faithful ( intentions ) should be recited and not to be sung with popular tunes of songs. If needed, only the response to be sung with the common tune used in the liturgical services.


Anonymous said...

The two links below the Mosebach link--for the addresses of Ab. Ranjith and Fr. Lang--actually give the Mosebach address again.

Anonymous said...

"Therefore please adhere to the Liturgical norms of the Church..."

PLEASE ADHERE? .... wow. Sticks out rather like a sore thumb, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

While I agree that this is not 100% (for example: only the Scriptures may be read during Mass, but no mention of writings of canonized Saints, or the early Fathers for example, which might often come in handy for homiletics), I must say that these directives from Archbp Ranjith a true source of consolation and encouragement to me.

Would that even a sprinkling of bishops in the West take a similar interest in growing a holy love and fervent devotion to the Hidden Christ in the Eucharist.

Consider if all he did were just to encourage his priests to encourage communion while kneeling and to arrange for more altar rail space to accomplish this goal. Just that one action alone would be a great source of consolation to someone like me sitting in those pews.

This Archbishop is a true brother and father in THE faith, I love what he is doing, and pray God and Mary keep him and grant him much success in his efforts.

Sincerely, Neophyte.

Anonymous said...

Can you provide correct links to the addresses

Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith:
Liturgy of the Hours and Priestly Spirituality

Fr. Uwe Michael Lang:
Benedict XVI and new orientations in the liturgy

The ones given are incorrect.

Joe B said...

'Please adhere' sounds like Luther's cry when his Lutherans turned out to be dissenters themselves. The Novus Ordo is a vehicle designed for dissent. Good luck.

AP said...

The links for the last two addresses have been corrected.

Anonymous said...

Too bad the Pope doesn't promulgate and mandate a list similar to this for the universal Church, but his list could be about 100 items long...including:

No Communion in the Hand
No Communion from "the Common Cup"
No women on the altar
No "altar-girls"
No Communion standing
No guitars , drums, pr other popular instruments at Holy Mass

No Protestant music or hymns at Catholic Mass
No table=like altars (restore the magnificent altars facing the wall)
No unauthorized colored chasubles or color combinations
No "church-sharing" with Protestants
No Holy Communion to Protestants or other non-Catholics
No more "general intercessions...or as they are known in the Episcopal "church"..."Bidding Prayers". That's where we copied this garbage from.
No "Liturgical dance"
No priests giving "politicized" homilies (ex. supporting women priests)

I think I could spend a full hour going on and on.
Does the Pope have the backbone to do this? Probably not.

Maybe Ranjith, Burke, Schneider (in Kazakhstan), or others might become Pope and do this. Benedict XVI is too wimpish to do.

Unknown said...

One factor we have to remember Anon S. is that the watchword is "continuity" at all costs.

dcs said...

No more "general intercessions...or as they are known in the Episcopal "church"..."Bidding Prayers". That's where we copied this garbage from.

Likely true but the bede-roll read at Mass predates the Church of England. In fact the "rebels" of Devonshire and Cornwall demanded that the bede-roll be read at Mass in the Prayer Book Rebellion:

"We will have every preacher in his sermon and every Priest at at his Mass, pray especially by name for the Souls in purgatory as our forefathers did."

Anonymous said...

I don't know when we shall see official confirmation of T.L.M.s in the A. of Colombo. I pray for that, so that an example can be set in the area. We don't even have an every-Sunday T.L.M. approved for Bombay (a city that has no other name, just like Madras).

Has everyone seen how I was proved right this morning in the Philippines? Cardinal Vidal has retired. It was NOT an insult to him not to keep him past the age of 80. (He is 79½+). On the contrary, as I claimed before, this is something HE would have wanted. Both the Pope and Cardinal Vidal himself will want to ensure that there will be at least two Filipino cardinals in the next conclave, instead of the zero there were present in the last one. The Philippines is an extremely important Catholic country and H.H. (and also the Filipino hierarchs) want Filipino participation in conclaves. They could not risk leaving Cardinal Vical in place for much longer because the Pope himself is now over 83½ and H.H. has returned to this earlier custom of allowing some time to elapse between appointment as archbishop and elevation to the Sacred College. The idea is that there is a testing period: you don't automatically get a place in the College no matter how elevated the see you rule and serve. (Perhaps the Holy Father is reacting, in this, against the mistake of elevating Murphy-O'Connor AFTER it became apparent that he was responsible in the Fr. Hill incident. It was extremely embarrassing for Pope John Paul II to elevate him to the College but it was done because he was already Archbishop of Westminster.)

Provided that his health remains good, they will allow Cardinal Rosales to remain in office for a bit longer but he is now over 78. He too will likely be replaced before he turns 80. More than one consistory is coming now over the next three years, and the next one, in 2011, will fill many places. The Pope will want to put in place some important cardinals for the next pontificate.

Could Mr. Palad comment on the new man in Cebu please?


AP said...

I don't know much about Archbishop Palma except that he is one of the few Filipino bishops with a Roman doctorate in theology. Thanks to the work of his predecessor in Palo, Leyte (the retired Abp. Pedro Dean), Abp. Palma also has the country's most orthodox theological faculty. He has a reputation for orthodoxy and conservatism but I think that this is due to the reputation of the Archdiocese of Palo as a bastion of fidelity to the magisterium and decent liturgy, a reputation that dates back to his predecessor. Liturgically he is "traditional" compared to his Filipino confreres, but that isn't saying much.

At any rate, Palo and Cebu and their suffragan dioceses comprise the most "conservative" ecclesiastical area in the Philippines, along with Nueva Caceres and its suffragan dioceses.

All eyes now turn to Manila, where the Archbishop's replacement is long overdue and where Cardinal Rosales himself has long been in "retirement mode". The two leading candidates for Manila are both in their early 50's: Archbishop Socrates Villegas (50) and Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle (53). Others often mentioned are Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa (66) and Archbishop Orlando Quevedo OMI (71) of Cotabato.

Normally, Abp. Arguelles would be the leading candidate, as he comes from the Archdiocese where two of the three living Filipino cardinals, and the first Filipino cardinal, once served as bishops. However, his not-so-secret support for all sorts of unapproved / condemned seers and private revelations (Vassula, Necedah, Lady of All Nations, Medjugorje, etc.) is known to Rome. His appointment as Rosales' replacement will turn Manila into a magnet for these sorts -- not a prospect that any faintly orthodox Filipino Catholic would like to contemplate.

Anonymous said...

I must say that, since the appointment of Cardinal Ouellet, things have taken a turn for ther ... replacement mode. I'm supposing, at this point, that Cardinal Rosales has about one year left. I'm wagering that he'll be replaced shorty after he turns 79, in less than one year from now, and not 79½, the age of Vidal.

The replacement of Cardinal Rosales will be very telling, I think.

Other cardinalatial sees to watch include Seoul. Cheong Jin Suk is getting on. He's about 79 now.

Agnelo in Brazil is 77. Rouco Varela in Madrid is over 75 and the Portugese Cardinal-Patriarch is approaching 75--and some say he won't stay an extra six months.