Sacramentaries, II: Contemporary

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In the current usage of the Roman Rite, the Sacramentary has again become the principal liturgical book for the celebration of the Eucharist, together with the Lectionary for Mass, (see lectionaries, ii: contempo rary roman catholic) and the Graduale Romanum for music. The retrieval of the Sacramentary flows from one of the main intuitions of Vatican II's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which requires that all participants in the liturgy, whether clergy or laity, who have an active role in the liturgy, should not do all, but only those parts which pertain to their office by the nature of the right (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 28). As a result, specific books pertain to specific functions of the liturgy. The English-speaking world adopted the title "Sacramentary" to the liturgical book in English translation that contains the parts of the Missale Romanum (editio typicae 1969, revised 1975, editio typicae altera 2001) pertinent to the priest-celebrant.

[j. sullivan/eds.]