Liturgical Studies

One of the principal aims of the Society is:

“to further the study and understanding of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church by the people, with a view to promoting active participation in accordance with the teaching of the Church”

On this page you will find links to articles and videos of general interest to anyone who wants to understand and study the liturgical in more depth.

Please let us know if you come across anything else which you think would be valuable or interesting for others.

Theologians in conversation

This is a series of videos of discussion between Mgr Kevin McGinnell and Professor Tom O’Loughlin from University of Nottingham on a range of subjects of current interest. We were fortunate to have Prof Tom give the Crichton Memorial Lecture at our Winter Assembly in 2015. He is a fascinating and though-provoking speaker and we are pleased to offer these and other links to his online lectures.

The Reims Statement of 2011

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell discusses with Professor Tom O’Loughlin the statement produced by a meeting of liturgists from across a wide spectrum of English-speaking churches knows as the Reims Statement. To read more about the Revised Common Lectionary, read the Reims Statement (link on this page).

Where are we in liturgical scholarship today?

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell discusses with Professor Tom O’Loughlin two questions. First, what does it means to celebrate liturgy today; and second, how does the study of liturgy relate to other areas of theology.

The Revised Common Lectionary

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell discusses with Professor Tom O’Loughlin one of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, developments among Christian churches working together in recent decades: the appearance of the Revised Common Lectionary for their Sunday worship. They discuss its value for worship and its collateral value of helping Christians appreciate one another’s treasures. To read more about the Revised Common Lectionary, read the Reims Statement (link on this page).

The Reims Statement

You can read the Reims Statement here. PDF opens in a new tab.

Other videos related to Liturgy

Why study the Lectionary?

Most Christians in the worship use a planned arrangement of biblical readings. Such plans were already standard in the Jewish worship when Christianity began, and these plans, in book form, are called ‘lectionaries.’ In recent decades many western churches have adopted a common and elaborate three-year plan, and this video examines its strengths.

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