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“The Church evangelises by the beauty of the liturgy.
Let us ask for the personal and sincere meeting with Christ who lives in the liturgy that our lives may be a spiritual sacrifice offered to God.” [Pope Francis – February 2021]

Included in The Agency for Evangelisation’s commitment to ongoing formation of parishioners is that in the area of liturgy, particularly liturgical ministries.  The liturgy can be a powerful vehicle of evangelisation.  For our liturgy to aspire to this goal, knowledge and understanding of the principles that lie behind it are essential/desirable, particularly among a parish’s liturgical leadership team. 

Following the successful 'Taking Liturgy Seriously' course, a general introduction to Catholic Liturgy in 2021, the Society of St Gregory (SSG) are offering a 2023 modular study course, beginning in February, taking place on Thursday evenings via Zoom, that will focus on all aspects of Eucharist.  Each module will comprise three one-hour sessions, 7.30-8.30pm, offering time for discussion and comments.  The course is aimed at all who wish to develop a deeper knowledge of liturgy.

Course fee: £30 for an individual module

Discounted cost for the full course [six modules] paid in advance: SSG members: £150
Non SSG members: discounted price of £175 for the full course [six modules], including complimentary SSG membership for 1 year (for new members only)

Course Outline

MODULE 1 – Eucharist,  Monsignor Kevin McGinnell

·       Exploring the theology and meaning of the Eucharist

·       The history of its development to the present day

·       Ars celebrandi in the Roman and other rites. Some ecumenical reflections

MODULE 2 – Word of Prayer, Reverend Professor Peter McGrail

·       Collects and other Orations – their development and origins

·       Eucharistic Prayers with their Prefaces. Thoughts from the Ambrosian Rite

·       Penitential Rites, Blessings and the Common of the Mass

MODULE 3 – Word of God, Martin Foster

·       The proclamation of the Word of God, the use of psalms

·       The use and development of Lectionaries

·       The current Roman Lectionary. Some ideas on the Revised Common Lectionary

MODULE 4 – Symbol, Father Paul Turner

·       Symbol and Theology

·       Bread and Wine

·       Gesture and posture for celebrant and people

MODULE 5 – Music in the Mass, Martin Barry

·       The forms and functions of music in the Mass

·       Liturgical music in Christian history

·       Reform and renewal in music for the Mass

MODULE 6 – Environment, Ann Blackett

·       Building and space for worship – an historical overview

·       Altar, ambo, chair – how they speak in worship

·       Liturgical vessels, vestments, art – yesterday and today

For details of dates and how to apply (including information about bursary funding), go to Taking Liturgy Seriously 2