Priestly Formation at Santa Croce

Fruitful Participation in the Mass


Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, with Fr. Juan José Silvestre, Professor of Liturgy and Pastoral Ministry at Santa Croce.

A series of nine weekly lectures, from October 17 through December 12, was sponsored by Santa Croce’s Center for Priestly Formation. The course is geared toward priests and designed to deepen aspects of fruitful participation in the Eucharistic cele­bration. The lectures seek to link three realities: the liturgy and its cel­ebration, beauty, and life. As Pope Francis has written, “The Church evangelizes with the beauty of the lit­urgy…” (eg Evangel Gaudium, 24)

Speakers included Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congre­gation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of Pon­tifical Liturgical Celebrations. Three Santa Croce professors from the School of Theology also gave lectures: Fr. Juan José Silvestre, José Luis Gutiérrez Martín, and Fr. Juan Rego.

One of the course objectives is to remain faithful to the liturgical re­newal desired by the Second Vatican Council while being in continuity with ecclesial tradition. Attention is also given to all forms of “language” in the liturgy: word and song, body movements, gestures and silences. 

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