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Understanding of Tradition

[There is a theological and liturgical presupposition] clustered around the understanding of “tradition.” As the world moved into the twenty-first century, the Roman Curia limited liturgical tradition to the continuing use of ancient Latin texts. Yet liturgical tradition also consists of the dynamics by which texts, genres, and rites came into existence, their reception within their original context, and their reappropriation in new contexts. This also includes the recognition that most ancient orations and rites were originally in the vernacular, while noting that their transmission across history often occurred when Latin was no longer a vernacular and the majority of the worshipping community could neither understand the prayers nor participate in the ritual forms.

Gerard Moore, “Let Justice Find a Voice: Reflections on the Relationship between Worship and Justice”, Worship 90 (May 2016): 214-215.

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