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

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 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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Trinity Sunday scripture

Trinity Sunday scripture

The Gospel in today’s Mass is the very last paragraph of Matthew's gospel and the episode takes place on a mountain.  Biblical mountains are special places of revelation of God – the episode at the...

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Psalm texts released

Psalm texts released

The Liturgy Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has released psalm texts from the new Lectionary Volume 1 (Sundays and major feast days). The new Lectionary uses the...

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Eucharistic prayer

Eucharistic prayer

It’s worth keeping an eye of the website of the Margaret Beaufort Theological Institute, a lay Catholic institute in Cambridge and a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation.  As well as …

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New lectionary news

New lectionary news

The Catholic Truth Society (CTS), which has been commissioned by the bishops’ conferences of England & Wales and Scotland to produce the new lectionary due to come into use on the first Sunday...

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Learning to compose

Learning to compose

An interactive melody writing workshop, led by Alan Smith, for relatively inexperienced liturgical composers who would like help with song writing.  Saturday 11 May at 2pm online.  We will work...

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