Vatican II: A Walk-Through - The Liturgical Year
- The Constitution recalls the unchanging practice of the Church of celebrating every
Sunday the paschal mystery -- the mystery of the passion, death, resurrection and glorifying
of Christ the Lord. Sunday is the original feast day, the center of the whole liturgical year.
- The liturgical year is to be revised, both to preserve the age-old customs and instructions
of the holy seasons, and also to adapt those customs, where necessary, to the conditions of
modern times. Detailed rules are provided for this revision; the rules are based upon the
pastoral nature of the liturgy -- the need to keep before the minds of Christians the mysteries
of salvation in Christ.
- The Constitution declares that there is no objection to fixing the date of Easter --
provided other non-Catholic Christian communities reach agreement. Similarly,
a "perpetual calendar" is acceptable, if it is based upon a reckoning which retains a
seven-day week with Sunday, and provided that it does not insert extra days which are
considered to belong to no week.
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