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As we journey through our diocesan Year of Prayer it is good to have the space to explore the liturgical life of the Church, the way that – as a community of faith – we gather to give praise and worship to the Lord. In the Eucharist, in the Sacraments, in our Rites and our rituals we come to encounter the living, loving presence of the Risen Christ who reveals to us the tender love and mercy of the Father. Through sign and symbol we experience the power of God’s love at work in our lives, drawing us into deeper friendship with him, into communion with Father, Son, and Spirit, into deeper communion with one another, and drawn in living what we celebrate, what we encounter in the lives we lead.

This new diocesan course ‘Understanding and Praying the Liturgy’ seeks to unfold the richness and the beauty of the way we worship and the way we celebrate. The course seeks to ground us in the liturgy as prayer and the liturgy as encounter with the Risen Christ who sends us out fed, nourished, transformed, encouraged, healed and anointed into our world. Who is it for? It’s for our priests and deacons, for our religious and our catechists, those involved in pastoral leadership or liturgical ministry; it’s for those who thirst for understanding or for those who just want to know a little more about what we do and why we do it!

Allow this Year of Prayer to be shaped and focused around this wonderful opportunity for formation. Let this diocesan Year be one where you come to know Christ through the Church’s liturgy, where we experience his presence and where we know he is near.

Further information can be found on the liturgy page of the Clifton Diocese website. Those wishing to take part in the series, which starts 30 January 2019, will need to send their registration details to Alexander House, 160 Pennywell Road, Bristol, BS5 0TX. There is a minimal cost to the course of £50 which may be subsidised by your parish. Cheques are to made payable to Clifton Diocese. There are only 50 places available, so please do book early. The details are on the booking form, which can also be found on the liturgy page, with a poster for parishes. For further details regarding the course, please contact Doreen Wyatt at the Liturgy Office, either through email: doreen.wyatt@cliftondiocese.com or telephone: 0117 902 5595.