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Devotions and Liturgy

"The Liturgy is the center of the Church's life and cannot be substituted by, or placed on a par with, any other form of religious expression." Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 2001.

'Genuine forms of popular piety, expressed in a multitude of different ways, derives from the faith and, therefore, must be valued and promoted. Such authentic expressions of popular piety are not at odds with the centrality of the Sacred Liturgy. Rather, in promoting the faith of the people, who regard popular piety as a natural religious expression, they predispose the people for the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries."

"The correct relationship between these two expressions of faith must be based on certain firm principles, the first of which recognizes that the Liturgy is the center of the Church's life and cannot be substituted by, or placed on a par with, any other form of religious expression. Moreover, it is important to reaffirm that popular religiosity, even if not always evident, naturally culminates in the celebration of the Liturgy towards which it should ideally be oriented. This should be made clear through suitable catechesis."

See Pope John Paul II, Address to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 2001.

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