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"SPIRITUS ET SPONSA" MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF COUNCIL DOCUMENT

VATICAN CITY, Apr 2. 2004 (VIS) - Today in the Holy See Press Office, Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, presented "Spiritus et Sponsa," Acts of the Commemorative Day of the 40th Anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy "Sacrosanctum concilium" that took place in Rome on December 4, 2003. Joining him were Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, congregation secretary, Fr. Juan Javier Flores Arcas, director of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of St. Anselm (Rome), and Msgr. Giuseppe Liberto, choir master of the Pontifical Musical Chorus.

Cardinal Arinze said that, given that "the liturgy is the highest expression of the mysterious reality of the Church," the very first fruit of Vatican Council II was the document on the sacred liturgy, "Sacrosanctum concilium," which was then followed by 15 other conciliar documents. He added that it was to be expected that the congregation he leads would commemorate the 40th anniversary of that first council document.

"Spiritus et Sponsa" is divided into two parts. The first consists of two documents of John Paul II: the Apostolic Letter "Spiritus et Sponsa," from which the new book takes its title, and a Chirograph dated November 22, 2003 which commemorates the centenary of St. Pius X's Motu Proprio "Tra le sollecetudini," on sacred music. The second part, said the cardinal, "moves in three directions," offering a retrospective look at the past 40 years, reflections on the liturgy in the pontificate of John Paul II and a section dedicated entirely to sacred music.

This volume, stated Cardinal Arinze, "wishes to testify to the validity of the directives of Vatican Council II on the sacred liturgy" and "we also hope that this is a small step in promoting the liturgical and pastoral formation of the clergy, consecrated persons and all the lay faithful, in line with duties assigned them in 'Pastor bonus'."



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