Welcome to the web pages of the Office of Worship. This site is designed to reinforce, affirm and expand upon the offerings of the Office of Worship. We invite you to partake of the rich and varied resources you will find here in the sincere hope that your liturgical experience on Sunday will continue to live in every moment of your daily life. May your spirit be nurtured and your questions answered.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Lent and Easter Guidelines 2013
The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the Rite of Election, the Scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises. (Ceremonial of Bishops, 249).
a printable copy of the guidelines,
For a printable copy of the guidelines, click here.
Particular Liturgies During 2013
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: Saturday, February 2, 2013
The blessing of candles and the traditional procession are a part of this Liturgy which brought the Christmas Season to a conclusion in the old calendar.
Holy Days to be observed in the United States in 2013:
With the Obligation to Participate in Mass:
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Thursday,
August 15, 2013
Solemnity of All Saints: Friday, November 1, 2013.
Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Wednesday, December 25, 2013.
Without the Obligation to Participate in Mass:
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: This Solemnity, because it falls on the Second Sunday of Advent, is transferred to Monday, December 9. The obligation to attend Mass does not transfer with it.
Worship Memorandum #1, 2013
Greetings to everyone in Winter Ordinary Time! Thank you for your continued hard work and dedicated service to the people of our Diocese. I thought I would share some recent updates from the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship and a few resources for the Year of Faith.
For a printable copy of the memorandum, click here.
Roman Missal 3 Workshop Resources:On the First Sunday of Advent, 2011, Roman Catholics in the United States began praying the Eucharistic Liturgy using the third edition of the Roman Missal. This section on our webpage is dedicated to assisting our communities in the work of implementing the new Missal. While a great deal of catechesis has already taken place, our task is just beginning. As we begin to use this new Missal, we will be called to a deeper appreciation of and engagement in the liturgy. Mystagogy is a life-long undertaking.
Roman Missal 3 Questions & Answers-used with the permission of the Diocese of Davenport.
Priests: Listen to the CD Prepare and Pray: Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, IV, recorded by Bishop J. Peter Sartain © 2009 World Library Publications
Liturgical Season: Ordinary Time
Sourcebook For Sundays, Seasons
and Weekdays 2013: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy
This year’s book is for Year C, Weekday Year I and begins with the First Sunday of Advent, and continues through the last day of Ordinary Time. It contains all the information you need to know about every day of the liturgical year, with pastoral suggestions and ideas. Robert W. Piercy, Jr., primary author. Published by Liturgy Training Publications.
National Association of Pastoral
The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. Pastoral musicians who are full-time, part-time, or volunteer music directors, choir members, cantors, and instrumentalists can view the website and attend conferences and training to develop their knowledge of liturgy and music.
NPM Richmond Diocese Chapter
Scroll through a calendar of events hosted by the local chapter of NPM.
Here are some new resources for celebrating liturgy with children.
Rite of Recognition for Lay Leaders of Prayer (SCAP)
The Diocese now has a parish rite to officially recognize those trained to preside at Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP). Celebration of Recognition. For additional information about the implementation of SCAP in the Diocese, click here. Parishes should contact the Office of Worship to obtain Certificates of Recognition.
You have inquirers, candidates, or catechumens ready for the next stage of their journey, but you're not sure when to celebrate the rites.
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