The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963. Chapter 5 of this document calls for ‘the promotion and reform of the liturgy’ and for the establishment in every diocese of ‘a commission on the sacred liturgy under the direction of the bishop, for promoting the liturgical apostolate.’ (SC45).
The relevant paragraphs from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy are reproduced below:
V. PROMOTION OF PASTORAL-LITURGICAL ACTION
43. Zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightly held to be a sign of the providential dispositions of God in our time, a movement of the Holy Spirit in his Church. Today it is a distinguishing mark of the Church’s life, indeed of the whole tenor of contemporary religious thought and action.
So that this pastoral-liturgical action may become even more vigorous in the Church, the Council decrees what follows.
44. It is advisable that the competent, territorial ecclesiastical authority mentioned in art. 22, §2 set up a liturgical commission, to be assisted by experts in liturgical science, music, art, and pastoral practice. As far as possible the commission should be aided by some kind of institute for pastoral liturgy, consisting of persons eminent in these matters and including the laity as circumstances suggest. Under the direction of the aforementioned territorial ecclesiastical authority, the commission is to regulate pastoral-liturgical action throughout the territory and to promote studies and necessary experiments whenever there is question of adaptations to be proposed to the Apostolic See.
45. For the same reason every diocese is to have a commission on the liturgy, under the direction of the bishop, for promoting the liturgical apostolate.
Sometimes it may be advisable for several dioceses to form among themselves one single commission, in order to promote the liturgy by means of shared consultation.
46. Besides the commission on the liturgy, every diocese, as far as possible, should have commissions for music and art.
These three commissions must work in closest collaboration; indeed it will often be best to fuse the three of them into one single commission.
The full text of this document can be accessed here.
The current Commission for Liturgy of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland was established by Bishop Patrick Dunn in October 2014 and held its inaugural meeting on 11 March 2015. Its mandate can be accessed here.
Most Reverend Patrick Dunn DD
Bishop of Auckland (President)
Fr Larry Rustia, Parish Priest,
St Francis and All Souls Parish, Devonport
Pa Peter Tipene (Chair)
Dean of the Cathedral
Fr Rodney Smyth SM
Mrs Catherine Everitt, Director of Mission
Mrs Jennifer Fox, Parishioner of St Mary’s Parish, Northcote: