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.
Please see the latest newsletter below for details of our exciting new Liturgy Course, starting January 2019.
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 C Advent/Christmastide
Year C Lent / Eastertide
Year C Ordinary Time
Other Solemnities and Feasts
Year B Lent / Eastertide
Year B 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)
Autumn Newsletter 2019
Welcome to our latest Liturgy Office newsletter; we hope that you are finding them helpful and of interest. In addition to this newsletter, there is a wealth of information to be found on the Liturgy Office Section of the Diocesan Website.
As we journey once again through Ordinary Time and into the Autumn Season, our thoughts turn to celebrating such events as Harvest, All Saints’ Day and Remembrance Sunday, and we include some ideas and suggestions below
Click here for a printable version of this newsletter.
Many parishes and communities will be celebrating Harvest, either a Harvest Festival itself, or a simple ‘Harvest Mass’. If you are preparing a liturgy for your parish or school and are looking for some relevant scripture passages, some of the following might prove useful:
- The Feast of Tabernacles (Exodus 23:16 and Deuteronomy 16:9, 13) gives the Old Testament background to celebrating the in-gathering of the threshing floor and wine press
- Genesis 1:1-5, 24-end; 2:1-4
- Genesis 41:46-49, 53-57
- Deuteronomy 8
- Deuteronomy 26:1-11
- Deuteronomy 28:1-13
- Joel 2:21-28
- Psalm 104
- Isaiah 35:1-10
- Matthew 13:1-9
- Matthew 13:18-30
- Luke 12:16-31
- John 6:5-12
- John 6:27-35
- 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Hallowe’en and the Night of Light
No doubt there will be many children out with their parents celebrating Hallowe’en by playing ‘trick or treat’ and/or games involving witches’ hats and ghostly images. The Night of Light is an international Christian initiative to reclaim ‘All Hallows Eve’ (31 October) for the Church – transforming it from a night of darkness into a night of light. It is running in many countries in the world, from England to India, from Africa to New Zealand and Hungary to the United States, with uncountable numbers of people involved. Celebrations have taken place in small chapels and cathedrals, in parish churches and monasteries, in schools, homes and on the streets. The inspiration for it was received by Damian Stayne the founder of the Catholic community, Cor et Lumen Christi, and has the endorsement of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. For more information see here. Alternatively, and especially if your church is in the middle of town, you might consider having an ‘open evening’, filling the church with lighted candles and inviting passers by to come in, to sit and pray or simply to light a candle.
All Saints and All Souls
On 1 November we will, as we do every year, celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints – a Holy Day of Obligation. During the year the Church celebrates one by one the feasts of the saints but on 1 November she joins them all in one festival – all the saints: canonised or beatified, and the multitude of those who are in heaven and known only to God. There are a number of ways in which to enhance this celebration – perhaps by singing a Litany of Saints instead of an entrance hymn; there are a number of beautiful litanies available.
The Feast of All Souls’, officially known as ‘the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed’, follows that of All Saints and we remember and pray for all of those who are in Purgatory. There are many different ways that this day can be marked. For example, if there is a cemetery in your parish, perhaps your parish might consider a liturgy with the blessing of graves, walking in procession to the cemetery if it is not too far. Some parishes have a Book of the Remembrance of Book of the Dead displayed in the parish, where people can write the names of deceased loved ones, who are then remembered at Mass and other liturgies throughout November, while others might hold a novena of prayer for the Holy Souls – from 2 November until 10 November.
10 November - Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance Sunday is a special day of prayer for all victims of war and this year it falls on 10 November. Wearing a red poppy is the most immediately recognisable mark of Remembrance Day but there are, too, other ways in which we might mark the day in our parishes. There could be an Act of Remembrance during Mass, though the timing of Mass might make deciding ‘when’ difficult; it may be appropriate to have a visual display using an arrangement of poppies or, if there is a War Memorial nearby, an Act of Remembrance might take place there (see here for some ideas). On this day one Mass for the Dead may be celebrated.
Diocesan Year of Communion
In Advent this year we will move into our Diocesan Year of Communion. There will be a day held at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, with Bishop Declan, on 19 October to launch this Year (9.15am until 2.30pm) so do be sure to get the date in your diary. Lunch will be provided. There will also be a celebration of Evening Prayer at the Cathedral on Friday 22 October at 7pm when copies of Communion, 2019-2020, Diocesan Year of Communion will be presented to representatives of our diocesan parishes and schools.
A music day entitled ‘Waiting in Silence’ – for singers, instrumentalists and anyone involved in parish liturgy – will take place at St John the Evangelist Church, Bath, BA2 4AF, on Saturday 9 November from 10am until 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch. The day aims to help us prepare liturgically to celebrate Advent and will finish with Sung Evening Prayer. All are welcome but it would be helpful, for catering purposes, if you would email Richard Williams on email@example.com to let him know that you are coming.
As we mentioned last year, now is not too soon to start thinking about Advent. For Readers, the Diocese of Salford produces readers’ notes for each Sunday of the year which are available on their website (see https://www.salfordliturgy.org.uk/). The Liturgy Office has collated the Advent Readers’ guides into little booklets available for download here under ‘further resources’. The booklet for Year A will be available shortly. Advent might be a good time to encourage readers to make a prayerful reading of the scriptures part of their own, prayerful, rhythm of the day.
In the same section, under ‘rites and blessings’ you will find ideas for an Advent Carol Liturgy and an Advent ‘O’ Antiphon Liturgy – those 7 days from 17-23 December when the Church expresses her profound longing for the Saviour who is to come. When it comes to Carol Services, has your parish considered singing outside of church – either immediately outside or perhaps in the town/village centre – to give witness to our beliefs about Christmas?
There is also a suggestion for celebrating Bambinelli Sunday (3rd Sunday in Advent), a Christingle Liturgy for children and Las Posadas – nine days (remembering Mary’s nine months of pregnancy) commemorating the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. You will also find an order for the blessing of an Advent Wreath and some suggested hymns and readings for the half hour before Midnight Mass. There are lots of ideas for reclaiming Advent as a season in its own right, rather than just the warm-up for Christmas!
Liturgical Diary 2019-20
Our Liturgical Diary is now ready to go print and should be arriving in parishes at the end of October or early November. Do consider getting one of these diaries. They contain all the information about the Liturgical texts for each day, a short piece about each of the saints whose lives are celebrated during the year and a host of other catechetical material, along with blessings and prayers for various occasions. This year we begin to look at our Liturgical Ministries, focussing on a different ministry each year and beginning this year with the Ministry of Hospitality. As always, the Liturgy Office is glad to be advised of corrections needed – in time for next year
These can be ordered from: www.cliftondiocese.com/diocese/publications
They cost £6.50 each.
Finally, we would like to create a database of those who are interested in being Liturgy contacts or simply receiving details of what’s coming up. If you would like your name to be included please do let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and, if you are happy to be a liturgy contact, please also give details of your parish or community. Any information provided will be processed in accordance with the Diocese’s Privacy Notice which is available at https://cliftondiocese.com/privacy-notice