Welcome to a new blog, although despite Dave’s excellent cartoon, not one I expect to make me famous! This is where I want to pull together a range of my thinking and writing around liturgy and worship, and offer it as an engagement with and resource for others. Most of the below text will be repeated on my About page. My thoughts on other topics can be found on a sporadically maintained blog at dougchaplin.wordpress.com.
The title of this blog is Latin shorthand for “liturgical things”. Liturgy means different things to different people, but most fundamentally it normally refers to an underlying pattern of worship, typically in the Christian tradition.
In that sense, liturgy doesn’t have to be written down, though it often has been. Every group of people that meets together for some form of worship develops recognisable patterns that means group members work with a sense of appropriate group behaviour, and develop familiarity with their way of doing things.
More normally though, most people use the word liturgy for a more-or-less set pattern of Christian worship, often with highly developed written texts, and certainly with a consistent and developed structure. Narrowing the use again, “the liturgy” is often used of sacramental worship, especially the Eucharist (Mass, Holy Communion).
On this blog, I hope to offer a range of reflections and resources for people who want, as I want, to make our liturgies engaging, thoughtful, and as good as we can make them – although I recognise that different people will define good in ways other than I do.