Liturgical Law, Diocesan Norms, Policies, and Guidelines, Resources, Guidance and Support
The Office of Worship assists parishes, schools, clergy, and the faithful in making the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy the Source and Summit of the life of the Church.
In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God, a minister of the holies and of the true tabernacle; we sing a hymn to the Lord’s glory with all the warriors of the heavenly army; venerating the memory of the saints, we hope for some part and fellowship with them; we eagerly await the Saviour, Our Lord Jesus Christ, until He, our life, shall appear and we too will appear with Him in glory. (SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM, 8 )
Liturgical Ceremonies with the Diocesan Bishop
The Office of Worship coordinates the liturgical celebrations with the Diocesan Bishop. This is includes working with parishes, schools, and other apostolates in the planning and preparation of the Bishop’s visit for a liturgical rite or ceremony.
The bishop is to be considered as the high priest of his flock, from whom the life in Christ of his faithful is in some way derived and dependent. Therefore all should hold in great esteem the liturgical life of the diocese centered around the bishop, especially in his cathedral church; they must be convinced that the pre-eminent manifestation of the Church consists in the full active participation of all God’s holy people in these liturgical celebrations, especially in the same eucharist, in a single prayer, at one altar, at which there presides the bishop surrounded by his college of priests and by his ministers (SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM, 41)