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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.


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.

New Law Answers

  1. Kneeling To Receive Holy Communion
  2. Removing Holy Water During Lent
  3. Flags, Display of in Roman Catholic Churches (US)
  4. Easter Vigil, Proper Time
  5. Purification of Vessels by Extraordinary Ministers

New Liturgical Texts

  1. Vesting Prayers (1970 Missal)
  2. Vesting Prayers (1962 Missal)
  3. Institution of an Acolyte During Mass (1970 Missal)
  4. Proclamation of the Date of Easter at Epiphany (1970 Missal)
  5. Rite of Marriage During Mass (1962 Missal)

New Magazine Articles

  1. Parish Liturgical Renewal
  2. Church Renovation
    An Architect's Perspective
  3. St. Nowhere's
  4. Liturgical Architecture
    Its Abuse and Restoration
  5. Reconnecting to Tradition

New Documents

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

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- Mons. Mario Marini
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments

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