The liturgical renewal of the post-Vatican II period has sometimes given the unfortunate impression that Mary's place has been downgraded in the Church. The laudable effort to bring our devotional life into closer harmony with sound liturgical principles has not always achieved its purpose. Sometimes this has been due to misunderstanding; sometimes to a misplaced zeal which did not always make the necessary connection between the old and the new. Surely this was not intended by the Council. Both the Constitution on the Church in its eighth chapter and the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy reaffirm our traditional understanding of Mary's role in the mystery of Christ and the Church and point out how we might give expression to that understanding in a way that is eminently meaningful for the times in which we live.



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