I had a paper due this week in which one of my sources was Vatican II document on worship, also known as Sacrosanctum Concilium. You can read up on the Second Vatican Council here. One of the four “constitutions that the council delivered was their statement on the “Sacred Liturgy”. The council write thats the the clergy must be “thoroughly imbued with the spirit and power of the liturgy”. That phrase “thoroughly imbued” was echoing through my mind as I rehearsed on Thursday night for our service this Sunday. How thoroughly imbued have I been this week?
What a challenge to us as worship leaders. The document also talks a lot about “full, active, conscious participation” in worship so that the people may be “enriched” by it. Many of the reforms instituted by Vatican II – most notably the movement away from the use of Latin to the vernacular – were motivated by this consideration. Sacrosanctum Concilium contains much fodder for the evangelical worship leader, and I encourage you to read it. It is less than 30 pages and it is available online here.