A bit about liturgica and liturgy

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.

A bit about me

I’ve been a priest since 1987, and until recently always worked in parish ministry. More recently I’ve worked in a range of development roles in the diocese of Worcester, especially in community engagement, world church partnerships and lay training. Currently I’m working in training and discipleship development.

While this blog is a way of providing some resources that will also support aspects of my work, everything I post here is written and produced in a private capacity, and views expressed here are entirely my own, and should not be taken to be the views of my bishop or employer.

A bit about copyright

Unless otherwise stated, I retain full copyright on opinion, information and comment pieces, and apart from fair use, those may not be reproduced without permission. All prayers, hymns and other texts for worship that are provide here may be freely used elsewhere under a Creative Commons licence, specifically, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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