Appreciating the Liturgy, a new liturgical project

The first session of an international ecumenical colloquium was held on the theme, "Appreciating the Collect: An Irenic Methodology", on Saturday 31 May 2008, at Sant'Anselmo, Rome, seat of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy. The papers presented will be included with another six contributions that have been commissioned to complete the proposed volume Appreciating the Collect: An Irenic Methodology, to be presented in September, 2008.

This colloquium was the inaugural event of a new research project, Documenta Rerum Ecclesiasticarum Instaurata (DREI), arising from a new model of Liturgical renewal called Liturgiam Aestimare : Appreciating the Liturgy, which was first announced at the biennial meeting of Societas Liturgica, Palermo, in August 2007. The DREI project includes three colloquia, study days and a proposed new series of volumes also called, Liturgiam Aestimare : Appreciating the Liturgy.

The DREI project is in continuity with Leo Cunibert Mohlberg OSB, Leo Eisenhöfer OSB and Peter Siffrin OSB, of the former Institutum Liturgicum (1950-1967), Sant'Anselmo, Rome, who prepared for the liturgical renewal, which would be mandated by the Second Vatican Council, through their corpus of critical editions of ancient liturgical documents published in the corpus Rerum Ecclesiasticarum Documenta (RED). Since the publication of the RED corpus and the post-conciliar liturgical books, much scholarly attention has been dedicated to their translation and pastoral implementation. The time is now opportune to deepen the academic study and appreciation of the renewed liturgical books. Accordingly, the corpus Documenta Rerum Ecclesiasticarum Instaurata (DREI) offers a hermeneutical and literary-critical analysis of the liturgical documents renewed (Instaurata) at the behest of the Council for the Church's further discerning the course of liturgical renewal.

The DREI project utilizes a new methodology for interpreting liturgical texts that combines a clear analysis of the Latin grammar with the literary-critical methodology taught and used at the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant'Anselmo. A detailed and delicate study of the renewed liturgical texts will offer the resources for deeper and more irenic study by liturgical scholars. In order to bring this research project to a concrete contribution, we have focused on the six following aims:

- Publications,
- International colloquia for textual scholars,
- Study days for liturgists and latinists and linguists,
- Workshops for parishes, clergy and homilists,
- Permanent membership for peer-reviewers and contributors
- Financial patrons and patron fundraisers.

Just as the RED corpus had ecumenical import in the modern liturgical renewal, so too the DREI corpus will provide the academic resources for fruitful ecumenical study. Just as the contributions from both Roman Catholic and Anglican perspectives during this inaugural colloquium ensure that this gift is offered to the broader church, so too contributions from Europe, North America, Australia and Africa to the larger DREI project witness to an international consensus in applying this methodology for Appreciating the Liturgy.

For more information visit: Appreciating the Liturgy: research project (I) and Appreciating the Liturgy: research project (II)

James Leachman, Daniel McCarthy
Project directors: DREI: Liturgiam aestimare : Appreciating the Liturgy


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