This is the 1975 edition of the Rite of Penance; it was one of the last reforms of the Roman Rite, coming out some time after the Lectionary, Sacramentary, and other books. There are four principal chapters. The first is the Rite for Reconciliation of Individual Penitents. The second chapter is the Rite for Reconciliation of Several Pentitents, with individual confession and absolution. The third chapter is the Rite for Reconciliation of Several Penitents, with general confession and absolution. This third form is almost never used in the U.S. The fourth chapter provides various texts for the sacrament of reconciliation. There are also three appendices. The first is absolution from censures and dispensation from irregularity. The second is a set of penitential services. However, these services lack music, even for the Psalms; there is no music for hymns, acclamations, etc. The third appendix is an examination of conscience.
On November 14, 2007, this document was approved by the entire body of Latin Rite bishops of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Sing to the Lord is a successor to Music in Catholic Worship (1972) and Liturgical Music Today (1983), both authored by the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, now renamed the Committee on Divine Worship. This document begins, appropriately, with a section entitled "Why We Sing." The authors provide a sound rationale for singing within the liturgy, as part of the liturgy. Moreover, this section a clear emphasis on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, in its Constitution on the Liturgy. That teaching is normative: "Full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else." That participation, said the Council, is the "primary and indispensable source of the Christian spirit." Sing to the Lord considers not only music in the Mass but also in the Liturgy of the Hours, in the sacraments, in other liturgical rites, and in devotions. In some cases, liturgical reforms of the previous generation have not been rejected; they have simply not been tried. Here's one example. In 1972, Music in Catholic Worship put a low priority on the singing of litanies in the liturgy, such as the Prayer of the Faithful, the General Intercessions, and the the third form of the penitential rite. Now, the Instiutio Generalis of 2002 and Sing to the Lord of 2008 both emphasize the importance of singing such litanies and other forms of dialogue in the liturgy. In this respect, the principle of "progressive solemnity" is reversed, with good reason. Dialogues of this kind should indeed be sung, as a matter of course. Sing to the Lord would be valuable for any priest, deacon, musician, or member of a liturgy planning committee. This document gives all of us clear guidance from official documents and pastoral experience. Don't leave home without it.
This is a provisional text, with the Jerusalem Bible translation. Green cover with gold cross.
Reflections on the Advent and Christmas Seasons, based on Scripture.
A theological introduction to the seven sacraments. Sacred Mysteries provides a general introduction to the role of ritual, in terms of certain fundamental principles. In discussion of each of the seven sacraments, which follows, he goes from principle to practice, from Church norms to concrete examples. He writes with clarity, accuracy, and pastoral insight. Father Smolarski is a member of the Jesuit community and a faculty member at Santa Clara University, California. He is also the author of Eucharistia: A Study of the Eucharistic Prayer, How Not to Say Mass, and Liturgical Literacy.