FROM OUR ROME OFFICE EXPLANATIONS of how to interpret two points in the Constitution on the Liturgy have been issued by the Liturgical Commission in Rome.
I. Mass may be said in the vernacular even if the congregation does not actually participate or make vocal responses.
2. Women may not read the Epistles or act as commentators, even in convents or in girls' schools, although they may lead the prayers or singing.
These explanations were published in the current issue of Notiticre. journal of the commission for implementing the Liturgy Constitution.
The commission also said that its committees have worked out two new proposals:
First, the calendar of saints' feasts should be revised to include saints from all over the world, particularly the Japanese, Canadian and Uganda martyrs. In this way, they hope to show "that sanctity is diffused throughout the universal Church, avoiding making the Roman calendar a Mediterranean calendar".
Secondly, the commission suggests changing the priest's breviary, so that the 150 psalms would be spaced over a two-week period instead of only one week. This recommendation is "not for brevity or relaxation but for spiritual advantage".
The commission also made a warning against experiments with the liturgy. Some priests, it said, have claimed "general permission" to experiment.
But in fact permission can be granted only to regional groups of Bishops "and this in writing, with the addition of conditions and limits within which the experiments may be performed".