We are here to support individuals, parishes and communities in everything that enables them to be more fully a Church of deepened prayer – so if there’s anything that might support you and your parish in its celebration of the liturgy, please do get in touch:
Telephone: 0117 902 5595.
The Diocesan Liturgy Office, working under the auspices of the Department of Adult Education and Evangelisation, is tasked by our bishop with implementing the vision of the Liturgy Constitution of the Second Vatican Council and all subsequent liturgical documents. To this end the Liturgy Office will provide formation, support and development to the liturgical life of our parishes, schools and institutions. We strive to promote further understanding in the areas of liturgical prayer, the sacraments, liturgical music and space, as well as to provide educational opportunities for the development of all liturgical ministers. As part of the work of the Adult Education Department, we seek to develop ongoing formation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and the Liturgy of the Word for Children.The Liturgy Office is also responsible for advising the bishop and our parishes on matters of Liturgical Art and Architecture – building, re-ordering, alterations and additions and artistic commissions – for all churches of the Diocese.
The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales Liturgy Office has prepared Prayers for use during a time of ‘flu and illness. This contains general prayers for health and also a note about Spiritual Communion and praying during Self-Isolation. You can access their page here.
Please see the latest newsletter below.
Tel: 0117 902 5595
160 Pennywell Road,
Bristol, BS5 0TX
Click on a link below for Liturgical information and resources:
Feasts, Saints and Seasons:
Rites & Blessing:
Lent and Easter;
Year A Advent/Christmastide
Year A Lent / Eastertide
Year A Ordinary Time
Year B Lent / Eastertide
Year B Ordinary Time
Other Solemnities and Feasts
Year C Advent/Christmastide
Year C Lent / Eastertide
Year C Ordinary Time
Other Solemnities and Feasts
The following links are offered as a resource to all who are involved in liturgical ministry. The links given below were accurate at the time of going to print.
GENERAL LITURGY RESOURCES
Congregation for Divine Worship and the discipline of the Sacraments (Vatican).
The Department for Christian Life and Worship
of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
The Pastoral Liturgy Magazine
Worship is an ecumenical journal devoted to the study of liturgical theology and practice.
Sacred Music is the official journal of the Church Music Association of America
The Society of Saint Gregory. Music and Liturgy Journal is produced by the society. A useful
resource for music planning.
The Society for Catholic Liturgy is committed to promoting scholarly study and practical
renewal of the Church’s liturgy.
Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy.
The Catholic Liturgical Library: Articles, documents, texts, rubrics, art, architecture.
This website contains a variety of materials, mostly related to biblical and liturgical studies.
Order of Saint Benedict: Many excellent liturgical links: texts, commentary, music.
LITURGICAL PLANNING & MUSIC
This website features free, downloadable communion antiphons for all liturgical year cycles
to be used at Sunday and Holy Day Masses.
A large collection of resources including music and hymn suggestions for Sundays and
holydays in keeping with the lectionary.
Centre for Liturgy at St Louis University. Excellent weekly resources including good
Universal Prayers (Prayer of the Faithful)
National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Music for the Liturgy.
Responsorial Psalm settings for the liturgical year. The site includes free printable music for
organ and cantor and audio files. A Very useful for new cantors.
Traditional music for the Contemporary Church. Planning, resources and hymns.
A good resource for the liturgical year: prayers, meditations. Good non-Eucharistic material.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Help for those who proclaim the Word at Mass
Liturgy Alive. Good resources for the Mass including Prayer of the Faithful for each Sunday.
Online study Bible with different translations and search
An excellent resource from Salford Diocese including notes for readers for each Sunday of the year.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Guidelines and ministry leaflets for Masses and Liturgy of the Word with children
Music for CLOW
LITURGY OF THE HOURS
Mass Readings / Calendar/ Liturgy of the Hours -also phone app for hours. Grail translation
of psalms available together with some English diocesan calendars.
Association for Latin liturgy
Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form)
Spring Newsletter 2020
Welcome to our Liturgy Office Spring newsletter. Having just celebrated the Feast of Christmas and the Epiphany, we turn our thoughts to Lent and Eastertide – the website contains a number of resources which we hope will enable you to celebrate those seasons fully. These include information about Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Lent itself and the Easter Triduum, to name but a few.
Click here for a printable version of this newsletter.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (26 February this year) and ends just before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening (8 April) when the liturgical season of the Easter Triduum begins. Ash Wednesday itself, like Good Friday, is a day of Fasting and Abstinence and opens our awareness to the needs of others for whom fasting and abstinence is an unavoidable way of life. For Fasting and Abstinence guidelines see here.
‘When you fast, do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’
Matthew 6: 16–18
Lent and the RCIA:
Lent and the RCIA
Lent announces the ‘final’ period of preparation for those journeying towards baptism and initiation at Easter. It is the final period of preparation and an intense one, too. Far from being a cramming session where we try and fit in all those things we feel catechumens need in order to get them to the font, it is a time of prayerful, reflective preparation, a time of listening to the Word of God and immersing oneself in love of the God who draws us towards himself. It is the period of mystagogy that offers the time for continuing formation, for learning, and for the shaping of living; Lent is the time to ponder the call of the Lord and ponder the mysteries about to be entered into. So how does Lent shape up, RCIA-wise? We celebrate the Rite of Election, Scrutinies, Presentations, Holy Saturday Preparations and, finally, the Sacraments of Initiation at the Vigil. It is also a time when musicians more than ever will need to work closely with catechists so that music can be an integral part of the various rites.
The Sunday Gospels in Lent:
During Lent in Year A of the three-year cycle, which we are celebrating this year, we encounter three gospels which are key not only for those who are seeking Baptism, speaking as they do of the process of conversion and of new life, but for all of us, helping us to appreciate that Lent is a time discipleship, illumination and new life, the season of purification and enlightenment. In Week Three we listen to the story of the Woman at the Well (discipleship), in Week Four it is the story of the Man born Blind (illumination) and in Week Five we hear of the raising of Lazarus (new life). We will also read these gospels in Years B and C if we have candidates who will be baptised at Easter.
The Rite of Election:
This year it will take place on the Saturday, 29 February, (the Saturday after Ash Wednesday) at 11am and our Mass for all those who are newly baptised and newly received into full communion with the Catholic Church will be at 10.30am on 2 May – both of these celebrations will be in our cathedral.
Our annual Chrism Mass, when Bishop Declan will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens and consecrate the Oil of Chrism – all of which will be used throughout the diocese in the coming year – will take place in our cathedral on Wednesday 7 April at 11am. This is a wonderful experience of the family of the diocese coming together to celebrate Mass just before we begin the Holy Paschal Triduum. If you have never taken part in this celebration, do consider coming along.
Stations of the Cross:
Stations of the Cross, also known as the The Way of the Cross, is a way to pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is divided into fourteen stations, journeying from the time Jesus was condemned until his burial, and has been long encouraged by the Church, particularly during Lent and Good Friday. Developed during the Crusades when the knights and pilgrims began to follow the route of Christ’s way to Calvary, this devotion spread throughout Europe and was promulgated by the Franciscan friars in the 14th and 15th centuries. Eventually the ‘Stations of the Cross’ became an important catechetical tool, and its popularity inspired some of the great examples of medieval Christian art. Some scholars believe that medieval miracle plays, which were essentially tableaux of Christ’s life, developed from the sculptured representations of the Stations of the Cross in the great churches. During Lent or Holy Week most parishes have a service of Stations at least once and, whilst there are some excellent resources online and available from bookshops such as Redemptorist and CTS, many parishes have created their own set of reflections to pray with each Station.
Diocesan Liturgy Course:
Our Diocesan Liturgy Course proved to be a great success and ended in December with a beautiful Mass at St James Priory, in the centre of Bristol, where Bishop Declan presided, preached and presented certificates to the fifty or so course participants. We are currently looking at where our next course will be held, so do keep an eye on the Diocesan website for details.
Stroud Deanery has been the first deanery to host a new short music course which incorporated three evenings and one Saturday. The primary purpose of the course was to look at the role of the music minister within the context of a parish, how we serve the community, how we use music effectively in the Mass and other forms of liturgy, and how we introduce our parishes communities to new music . Eleven committed souls braved often cold and wintery evenings to attend and committed to attending a whole Saturday to reflect upon the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Their final session gave them the opportunity to look more closely at the season of Lent and the Triduum. There was the opportunity to learn new music, appreciate how to celebrate Evening Prayer simply and with greater complexity and use music in the context of Liturgies of Reconciliation. Those who completed the whole course received a certificate from Bishop Declan as a mark of his appreciation and their commitment.
It is hoped that this course can be developed and offered to other deaneries around the diocese. If your parish/deanery is interested in hosting such a course please do get in touch and we will endeavour to respond positively.
Lent Reconciliation Services:
As in previous years, Bishop Declan invites us to join him during this season of Lent to celebrate the abundant mercy of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Why not join him at one of the five venues across our diocese as part of your Lenten Pilgrimage? These liturgies will each begin at 7pm and will be held as follows:
Tuesday 3 March – St Luke & St Teresa, Wincanton
Thursday 12 March – St Patrick, Redfield
Thursday 17 March – St John, Trowbridge
Thursday 26 March – Holy Rood, Swindon
Thursday 2 April – St Gregory, Cheltenham
Many parishes will have a liturgy of reconciliation during Lent with the opportunity for individual confession. These can be a rich and rewarding experiences when we are helped to remember that we are not alone in our need to say sorry or find healing. We know that when we sin not only our relationship with God is damaged but it hurts others and the community. Preparing for the sacrament in the company of others, by reflecting on readings, singing appropriate music and joining in prayer, strengthens us in our desire to meet God in our sorrow and vulnerability. The joy of unburdening ourselves allows us to continue on our journey to Easter so that when it comes we are ready and able to rejoice with Christ on resurrection day. You will find a couple of different examples of parish Reconciliation Services on the Liturgy Office website here and here.
Pope Paul VI:
Pope Paul VI – a note for your Liturgical Diary.
Pope Francis has added Pope Paul VI to the liturgical calendar as an optional memorial on 29 May. For details of the Mass, readings and Divine Office for that day see here
Please do explore this webpage. You will find a range of resources and articles which are designed to help with the formation, support and development of the liturgical life of our parishes, schools and institutions. If there is something you would like to see but which doesn’t appear to be included, please just let us know.