Society of Saint Gregory

The Society of Saint Gregory is the national society for liturgy and music in the Roman Catholic Church in the UK.

Founded in 1929, the Society of St Gregory has played an important role in the liturgical reform and continues to do so by promoting the study and understanding of the liturgy and resourcing and encouraging good pastoral practice in the public worship of the Catholic Church.

The Society’s interests and activities encompass music and composition, the ministry of readers, presiding at liturgy, liturgy with children and young people in schools and parishes, and Christian art and architecture.

Welcome

Fr Adrian Porter sj, SSG Chair, writes: “Welcome to the Society of St Gregory.  We are an association of people interested in good liturgy – the public worship of the Catholic Church.  Our members include singers and musicians, readers and  servers, bishops, priests and deacons, and ordinary lay folk who have an academic or pastoral interest in liturgy.

We publish a journal three times a year, hold an annual residential Summer School, run online and in-person training courses for those involved in liturgy in their parishes or schools, and organize  composers’ groups for those writing music for the liturgy.

Please take a look at our website.  Ask for a free copy of our journal, Music & Liturgy.  And, if its right for you, think about joining us.  You will be most welcome!”

News, views and reviews from the liturgical world . . .

Sunday 15 scripture

Sunday 15 scripture

This is the point upon which the disciples break free from Jesus’ closeness and go out to teach the Good News of salvation.  It is exceedingly difficult in this …

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Sounding awesome!

Sounding awesome!

How to Make your Choir Sound Awesome: the Ultimate Vocal Warm-up Book
Warm-ups are the focus here.  As the authors state, they are an…

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Sunday 14 scripture

Sunday 14 scripture

I have now been working in prison chaplaincy for nearly ten years, ordained now 22 years ago . When I look back, do I think I have changed?  The answer is yes…

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Music & Liturgy July 2024

Music & Liturgy July 2024

The latest edition (July 2024) of Music & Liturgy, the journal of the Society of St Gregory, has arrived.  As well as the liturgy planner which runs until the feast of Christ the King, there are...

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Composers’ group

Composers’ group

The advanced composers’ group next meets by Zoom on Saturday 13 July, starting at 2pm and finishing no later than 4pm.  The group is open to SSG members and non-members…

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Summer School update

Summer School update

Residential accommodation at Liverpool Hope University is now fully booked. We are delighted to look forward to welcoming 74 participants from 18 dioceses: Birmingham, Portsmouth, Liverpool,...

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Ss Peter & Paul scripture

Ss Peter & Paul scripture

The tension that Paul and Peter hold is one that fascinates me.  They need one another to balance each other out and yet it can be harrowing when the tension is strained.  From all accounts, Peter was inclined…

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New lectionary deadline

New lectionary deadline

The CTS, publisher of the new Lectionary, is offering a 15% discount on pre-orders for the Ambo edition, and a 10% discount on other Lectionary publications and missals.  The deadline if you want to...

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Sunday 12 scripture

Sunday 12 scripture

Mark 4:35-41   The well known and somewhat clichéd Vivien Greene quotation, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass . . . it's about learning to dance in the rain”, came to mind when I was...

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Sunday 11 scripture

Sunday 11 scripture

Looking at the mustard seeds I have in my spice rack, the thought of one of these becoming almost like a tree seems quite preposterous. I always imagined a barren wasteland and suddenly a mustard tree in its centre.

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SSG Summer school

SSG Summer school

Bookings for the Society of St Gregory Summer School 2024 closed on 1 June.  We are delighted to have 60+ members coming to Liverpool Hope University this year. If you have missed the deadline but...

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Crichton Lecture 2024

Crichton Lecture 2024

The priesthood of the faithful is one of the most significant doctrines of Vatican II, which taught that this priesthood and the ministerial priesthood are ‘ordered one to another’, and that both …

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