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This section contains official documents from Rome and from bishops' conferences concerning the liturgy.

The list of documents provided here is not comprehensive. As I have the time I will add more documents. It also needs to be noted that not all of the documents are currently in force due to updates and changes in later documents. For the most current answers to questions about liturgical law, please see the Rubrics section. The topics in this section follow the convention found in "Documents on the Liturgy 1963-1979"

For those wishing to have a rather comprehensive volume of liturgical documents from Rome, we recommend Documents on the Liturgy. This volume does not contain documents from bishops' conferences but it does contain most liturgical documents as well as addresses and letters.

Recent Additions

  1. Apostolic Letter "Summorum Pontificum" issued Motu Proprio
    Jul 7,2007
  2. Instruction on the Application of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum
    Apr 30,2011
  3. Decree of the Sacred Congregation of the Discipline of the Sacraments on First Communion
    Aug 8,1910
  4. Post-Synodal Exhortation On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church's Life and Mission
    Mar 13,2007
  5. Concerning the Use of Female Altar Servers
    Jul 27,2001


Promulgation Documents
Documents that make new ceremonies official.

Art and Furnishings
What is proper art and architecture for churches.

General Principles
General documents about the liturgy and liturgical practice.

Sacred Music
Documents concerning sacred music.

The Liturgical Year
How the feasts of the year are calculated as well as documents about saints and Mary.

The Eucharist and the Mass
Documents concerning the Mass and Eucharistic devotions.

The Liturgy of the Hours
Documents concerning the Liturgy of the Hours, Divine Office and Breviary.

The Other Sacraments and Sacramentals
Documents about the other six sacraments as well as the rosary, indulgences and related topics.

Theology and Doctrine
The theological explanation of Catholic liturgical beliefs.

Related Encyclopedia Articles

  1. Transept

Related Items

  1. Documents on the Liturgy 1963-1979

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