Understanding the Liturgy: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

This blog post corresponds to the mission priority of  “Vibrant Liturgy”

First, let me introduce myself. I am the new Director of the Office of Worship and Sacramental Formation. I have just moved to Baltimore from the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana where I was the Director of the Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate for the last 15 years. 

I am a cradle Catholic who attended Catholic schools and worked as a liturgical musician in parishes prior to joining the diocesan staff. My undergraduate work is in music, specifically vocal music. My graduate work is in Sacred Music and Liturgy. I am happy to now be a part of the staff of the Department of Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and I look forward to our continuing journey to become Missionary Disciples.

Toward this end, Archbishop Lori has identified the number one mission priority as “Vibrant Liturgy.” This simple phrase is easier said than done. Before we look at the elements of the liturgy, which we’ll do in the near future, let’s look at the major principles of the foundational document that is considered the lens through which liturgy is viewed—the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium 1963). This short text Preparing Liturgy Basics by William Belford, Glenn CJ Byer, and Michael R. Prendergast (Pastoral Press, Portland, Oregon) does an excellent job of defining ten liturgical principles from The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

How can you find opportunities for “teachable moments” to share knowledge of the liturgy with your family and faith community?

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