DIOCESAN COMMISSION FOR LITURGY
Its purpose and importance:
In keeping with Paragraphs 43, 45 and 46 of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Vatican II), one commission for liturgy has been created in the diocese.
The Second Vatican Council pointed out that the bishop is the chief liturgist of the diocesan family which is entrusted to his care. The bishop is responsible for the spiritual life of the people of God. To assist him, the bishop has appointed a committee of six people, including the Diocesan Director of Liturgy.
Work of the Commission: (Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 1964)
a) to be informed about the state of pastoral-liturgical action in the diocese
b) to implement carefully what is proposed in liturgical matters by the competent authority, and to obtain information concerning studies and programs which are taking place elsewhere in this field.
c) to suggest and promote practical undertakings of every kind which may help to promote the liturgy, especially those which will assist priests already working in the Lord’s vineyard.
d) in individual cases, or also for the entire diocese, to suggest opportune and progressive steps in the work of pastoral liturgy; to indicate and to also call upon suitable persons who on occasion may help priests in this matter, and to propose suitable materials and aids;
e) to see to it that there are programs in the diocese to promote liturgical progress with a harmonious spirit and with the assistance of other associations.
Two important areas of the work
Some of these include further learning about the Eucharist and the other sacraments, especially the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist): catechumenate; ministries, history of liturgy, principles of liturgy and celebration: scripture, especially the gospels and the psalms; traditional models of prayer: liturgy of the hours and ecclesiology (theology of the Church.)
This may be done through workshops, articles on various topics made available to parishes, responses to individual requests for information, training sessions for liturgical ministers, and provision of liturgical materials through the diocesan resource centre.