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The Religious Studies Department of Mount Saint Mary’s University, along with Loyola Marymount University, has been commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The Council took place from 1962-1965 and, fittingly, our joint commemoration has been a three-year event. Saint John XXIII, who as Pope convened this historic council, characterized it as an aggiornamento—an updating of the church in the modern world.
Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Catholic Church's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy tells us that the Second Vatican Council “set out to impart an ever-increasing vigor to the Christian lives of the faithful. . . [I]t sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy” (¶1). In light of this call for reform and promotion of the liturgy in Sacrosanctum Concilium, Mount Saint Mary's University is hosting a day of festival and celebration for the entire family. Various ethnic faith communities from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will share many of the ways in which liturgical celebration is invigorated by their community’s sacred traditional and cultural elements through music, dance, storytelling, art, and particular prayer rituals. The ethnic faith communities that will be represented are:
A free lunch is provided for all who register for this family event.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the rich and diverse ways the cultures and traditions of the church in Los Angeles celebrate liturgy in word, music, art, dance, and prayer.