Following Luther’s 1517 revolt, Protestants rejected both what they perceived to be abuses in Church practice and the liturgy of the Church, choosing to break away from Sacramental worship in favor of the reading of Scripture and preaching and the adoption of the vernacular in worship. This produced an anti-liturgical revolution in breaking away from the historical evolution of the liturgy in conjunction with the reformer’s heterodox beliefs. The Church responded to the Reformation at the Council of Trent from 1543-1563, adopting liturgical reforms which remained substantially unchanged for the next four hundred years. In studying the history of reform of the liturgy, it is important to note that the Council of Trent manifested reforms true to the traditional principles of organic development of the liturgy, as noted by a well-known liturgical authority:
The Tridentine liturgical reform, initiated in order to correct abuse and ensure doctrinal orthodoxy, was thoroughly traditional. It produced nothing radically new…. And there is no evidence of disparity between the mandate of the Council and the work of its liturgical commission. It was another growth of the living organism that is the Roman rite, involving little substantial change.
-from The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God
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