Desiderio Desideravi: Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter on the Liturgy 29th June 2022

Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter on the liturgy, to encourage a “serious and dynamic liturgical formation” of the people of God, urging the Church as a whole to focus more intently on the beauty and power of the reformed liturgy.

Published on 29 June, Desiderio Desideravi recalls the importance of Vatican II’s constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium, which led to the rediscovery of the theological understanding of the liturgy. The Letter reaffirms the importance of ecclesial communion around the rite that emerged from the post-conciliar liturgical reform.

It is not a new instruction or a directive with specific norms, but rather a meditation on understanding the beauty of liturgical celebration and its role in evangelisation. It also speaks of the liturgy guaranteeing the possibility of an encounter with Christ.

It concludes with an appeal: “Let us abandon our polemics to listen together to what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Let us safeguard our Communion. Let us continue to be astonished at the beauty of the liturgy. The Paschal Mystery has been given to us. Let us allow ourselves to be embraced by the desire that the Lord continues to have to eat His Passover with us.”

Click on the following link to watch Fr John Badovin SJ unpack the meaning of the Letter.

Copies are available in the Abbey Bookshop in the Narthex (£4.95)