- Finding nourishment in the Scriptures
- Tried and Tested
- A Ministry of First Impressions
- Second Thoughts — Liturgy and Life
- Beg, borrow... or buy — Resources for Formation of Ministers
- Prayers of Blessing for Liturgical & Pastoral Ministers
Vision of Hope
An exhibition of contemporary Christian art being held at the Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals of Liverpool from 10 May–15 June. Organised by Christian Arts and Society of Catholic Artists. Further details from John Armstrong (01273 881304, and email@example.com). A website will be available from September: visionofhope.co.uk
Tate Modern: 19 September 2002 - 5 January 2003 A full scale retrospective of the paintings, sculpture and works on paper of Barnett Newman one of the leaders of the group of American artists who became known as the Abstract Expressionists. Among the fifty paintings included there will be a unique opportunity to see Newman’s celebrated series The Stations of the Cross 1958-66.
Bishop Arthur Roche, chairman of the Liturgy Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, recently appointed coadjutor to Bishop David Konstant in Leeds diocese has also been elected chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL).
He replaces Bishop Maurice Taylor of Galloway (Scotland) who is retiring.
Bishop Roche, Coadjutor Bishop of Leeds, said: ‘I am aware of the considerable and valuable work which ICEL has undertaken on behalf of the English-speaking bishops’ conference since 1963.
I am honoured to have been elected by the Episcopal board as its new chairman. I am confident that with the appointment of Fr Bruce Harbert as its executive secretary, and in a spirit of full corporation, ICEL will move forward confidently to faithfully translate liturgical texts which are worthy of our language and memorable for their nobility.
Bruce Harbert has been appointed as Executive Secretary to ICEL. He has said: ‘I am delighted to have been asked by the Episcopal Board of ICEL to serve them as their Executive Secretary. It will be a privilege to work with the international team of scholars who contribute to ICEL’s work, and to continue the task of handing on the Roman Rite to the English-speaking world in a form that is faithful to its Latin original and meets the needs of Christians in the twenty-first century. It will be important to maintain contact with the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and to observe the principles set forth in Liturgiam Authenticam.
An English text of The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy will be published by CTS in October (at a likely price of £10.00). The Directory contains two principal sections. Part One describes the historical relationship between Popular Piety and the Liturgy, and a theological overview of its authentic role in the life of the Church. Part Two offers a most useful chapter on the Liturgical Year and Popular Piety, in addition to chapters on Marian devotion, veneration of the saints, prayer for the dead, and shrines and pilgrimages.
MA in Liturgy
The Department’s MA course in Liturgy gets underway in September. The core module — considering Mystagogy, Ritual and Initiation — has proved of great interest to catechists and liturgists alike. Of the first students applying, 1 was from Rome, 1 from England, 1 from Wales and 1 from Scotland. The group looks like it will also be a healthy mix of men and women, lay and ordained, catechists, liturgists and those with keen general interest. Further details of the course are available from Fr Allen Morris at the Liturgy Office.
The next meeting of the Department and its Committees takes place on 1st October at London Colney. The afternoon will be dedicated to consideration of issues related to change in the Church - for example the reduced availability of priests, ‘redundant’ parish churches, the role of liturgy in communities where Mass is celebrated less frequently. Input will be provided and the meeting facilitated by Fr. Peter McGrail.
Preparation for Roman Missal
A meeting of National Liturgy Secretaries of England & Wales, Ireland and Scotland was held in London during June to develop a common policy for the preparation and publication of the Roman Missal and its General Instruction in these islands.
The first Handbook for the Department of Christian Life and Worship, giving details of the Departments work, its Committees and sub-committees has been prepared. A summary version is available on the Department website.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith
The Music Makers and St John’s Seminary, Wonersh have produced a CD ‘Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: A Guide for priests singing the Mass. This CD contains recordings of the chants given in the Missal for the use of clergy (e.g. chant tones for the Greeting, Collect, Gospel, Preface, Eucharistic Prayers etc). Not exactly what you’d want in your Walkman for everyday use, but a very helpful resource for clergy who need a bit of encouragement to sing the liturgy.
The Catholic Truth Society has recently published single volume editions of each of the Gospels. Attractively produced and costing only £1.00 they use the Jerusalem Bible translation authorised for use in the Lectionary. They are likely to be of particular use to groups using Lectionary Based Catechesis, and in parishes which encourage parishioners to use of the Sunday Gospel as part of their daily prayer in preparation for the Liturgy, and as a way of continuing to draw nourishment from it in the days following.
At rest in the Lord
Fr Edward Yarnold SJ, renowned Ecumenist, Liturgical scholar and Theologian died on 30 July. Details of the many tributes are given on the website.