Consecrated for Worship

A Directory on Church Building

Consecrated for Worship book cover

Consecrated for Worship was published in August 2006. The Directory is a teaching and policy document for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It concerns the building, alteration, conservation and maintenance of the Church’s places of worship. It assembles material from the liturgical books of the Roman Rite and the teaching documents and guidelines of the Holy See. In addition it applies and develops that teaching to the particular circumstances of the Church in England and Wales.

This essential resource is designed to assist those involved in building, reordering or making alterations within a church, or dealing with statutory bodies responsible for listed buildings.


The Lord is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house. As scripture says: See how I lay in Zion a precious cornerstone that I have chosen and the man who rests his trust on it will not be disappointed. That means that for you who are believers, it is precious; but for unbelievers, the stone rejected by the builders has proved to be the keystone, a stone to stumble over, a rock to bring men down. They stumble over it because they do not believe in the word; it was the fate in store for them.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:4-9

Consecrated for Worship
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 1 86082 384 - Do744
Price - £9.95


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Background Material

Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar
Publication Details
Book of Blessing
References to the Book of Blessings in Consecrated for Worship - pdf
Publications Details
Church and other documents referred to Consecrated for Worship
A descriptive Bibliography - pdf
Sources of Information
A Reference List of Sources of Information prepared by the Patrimony Committee

Formation Resources

Consecrated for Worship - Resources