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The Vatican speaks about Dom Gueranger

Canisius | 08 February, 2006 20:46

I just noticed today that the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy mentions Dom Gueranger in paragraph 44:

"The history of the renaissance of liturgical worship reserves a special place for Dom Prosper Guéranger (+ 1875), who restored the monastic life in France and founded the abbey of Solesmes. His conception of the Liturgy is permeated by a love for the Church and for tradition. The Roman Rite, he maintained in his writings on Liturgy, was indispensable for unity and, hence, he opposed autochthonous forms of liturgical expression. The liturgical renewal which he promoted has the distinct advantage of not having been an academic movement. Rather, it aimed at making the Liturgy an expression of worship in which the entire people of God participated."

For those as ignorant as I am, my dictionary says that "autochthonous" means "indigenous; native; aboriginal." Johnson reports that in Gueranger's day every diocese in France had its own liturgy, and the Roman Rite was generally seen as "foreign". As a young man Gueranger himself disliked the Roman Rite because of the prejudice he had absorbed from those around him, but when he was actually exposed to the Roman Breviary he began to rethink his views. In the end, he was the person primarily responsible for the unification of France under the Roman Rite.


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