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Liturgical Reform
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Drawing on almost two thousand years of ecclesiastical experience, Vatican II stated clearly (SC 37) that an ecclesia semper reformanda also needs a liturgia semper reformanda. Beyond the bare essentials, the NT does not contain detailed instructions about liturgical celebration; from the outset, therefore, individuals with authority in the church have seen to the orderly conduct of worship and if necessary overseen a reform of liturgical celebration (1 Cor 11:17–34; 14:26–40; also the church orders [I, 1] of the 3rd–5th cent.). In the mid-2nd century, …

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Kaczynski, Reiner, “Liturgical Reform”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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