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Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ADN 0047
The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark records includes materials related to the work of the Liturgical Commission during the 1960s to assist in selecting and incorporating new materials for and into the Liturgy. Materials include minutes, correspondence, programs, flyers, and newsclippings regarding music and prayers to be used for the new Liturgy.

Dates

  • 1963-1973

Conditions Governing Access

Temporarily closed to research.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Extent

2.08 Linear Feet

Overview

The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark was created after the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was produced by the Second Vatican Council and gave guidance to the priests and lay congregation of the Archdiocese of Newark on changes to the liturgy. The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark records includes materials related to the work of the Liturgical Commission during the 1960s to assist in selecting and incorporating new materials for and into the Liturgy.

Biographical / Historical

The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark was created after the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was produced by the Second Vatican Council and gave guidance to the priests and lay congregation of the Archdiocese of Newark on changes to the liturgy.

The Sacrosanctum Concilium, or the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, was produced by the Second Vatican Council as a way to increase lay participation in the liturgy. This document established guidelines for the reform of the sacred liturgy to increase lay participation, and left the determination of local customs incorporated into the liturgy to the bishops of each diocese. In the Archdiocese of Newark, Archbishop Thomas Boland established the Liturgical Commission for the purpose of giving guidelines for parishes in the Archdiocese on the new sacred liturgy.

Part of the work of the Liturgical Commission involved communicating upcoming changes to the liturgy, including changes in music, prayer, language, and responses, to the priests of the Archdiocese, who in turn communicated these changes to the congregation through homilies before the changes were implemented. The Commission held study days for diocesan priests to educate them on changes, the most major of which was the change in language from Latin to English in the readings first and later the rest of the liturgy. Bishop Joseph A. Costello and Monsignor Theodore Bonelli were involved with the Commission during the 1960s.

The work of the Commission in deciding and communicating changes and approved additions to the liturgy continues through the Office of Worship.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from the Archdiocese of Newark in 1988. Accession number 1988.5.ADN.

Processing Information

This collection is not yet processed. Finding aid and basic collection description created in 2013 by Patrick Tobias and Tracy M. Jackson as part of the Overhaul Project collection survey.
Title
Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark records, 1963-1973
Author
Tracy M. Jackson
Date
2013
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Contact:
Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US
973-761-9476