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 . . .

Easter reflections

Easter reflections

As I read through the Triduum feedback forms, one sentence made me pause and caused my spirits to rise. Ever since the end of lockdown, when I was asked to lead the music and aspects of the liturgy...

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Music for Easter night

Music for Easter night

This anthology, which is the first commercial recording the choir has made since Simon Johnson became Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral in September 2021, continues a practice inaugurated by his

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Lay preaching

Lay preaching

A symposium of preachers and theologians hosted by the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis USA in March 2024, has made a formal submission to the Synod seeking a change in canon law to allow...

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Composers group

Composers group

The Composers' Group next meets online on Saturday 20th April at 2pm.  All involved in writing music or texts for the liturgy, from beginners to advanced, are welcome.  The session lasts 2 hours. ...

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Believing not belonging

Believing not belonging

This research paper from the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge was commissioned by the Diocese of Brentwood and explores the reasons Catholics have become alienated from the...

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Gestis verbisque

Gestis verbisque

This Note from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (3 February 2024) comes in response to several situations where the words and gestures used in celebrating the sacraments have been...

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Responding to the psalms

Responding to the Psalms is a project of the Spirituality Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The Responsorial Psalm is an integral part of the Liturgy of the Word. You could...

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