205. These, Venerable Brethren, are the subjects We desired to write to you about. We are
moved to write that your children, who are also Ours, may more fully understand and
appreciate the most precious treasures which are contained in the sacred liturgy: namely,
the eucharistic sacrifice, representing and renewing the sacrifice of the cross, the
sacraments which are the streams of divine grace and of divine life, and the hymn of
praise, which heaven and earth daily offer to God.
206. We cherish the hope that these Our exhortations will not only arouse the sluggish and
recalcitrant to a deeper and more correct study of the liturgy, but also instill into
their daily lives its supernatural spirit according to the words of the Apostle,
"extinguish not the spirit."
207. To those whom an excessive zeal occasionally led to say and do certain things which
saddened Us and which We could not approve, we repeat the warning of St. Paul, "But
prove all things, hold fast that which is good."
Let Us paternally warn them to imitate in their thoughts and actions the Christian
doctrine which is in harmony with the precepts of the immaculate Spouse of Jesus Christ,
the mother of saints.
208. Let Us remind all that they must generously and faithfully obey their holy pastors
who possess the right and duty of regulating the whole life, especially the spiritual
life, of the Church. "Obey your prelates and be subject to them. For they watch as
being to render an account of your souls; that they may do this with joy and not with
209. May God, whom we worship, and who is "not the God of dissension but of
peace," graciously grant to us all that
during our earthly exile we may with one mind and one heart participate in the sacred
liturgy which is, as it were, a preparation and a token of that heavenly liturgy in which
we hope one day to sing together with the most glorious Mother of God and our most loving
Mother, "To Him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, benediction and honor,
and glory and power for ever and ever."
210. In this joyous hope, We most lovingly impart to each and every one of you, Venerable
Brethren, and to the flocks confided to your care, as a pledge of divine gifts and as a
witness of Our special love, the apostolic benediction.
211. Given at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, on the 20th day of November in the year 1947,
the 9th of Our Pontificate.