Taking Liturgy Seriously 2 - Eucharist

SSG Study Course taking place via Zoom

February – November 2023

Following the successful TLS1 course, a general introduction to Catholic Liturgy, our 2023 modular study course, taking place on Thursday evenings via Zoom, will focus on all aspects of Eucharist.  Each module will comprise three one-hour sessions, 7.30-8.30pm, offering time for discussion and comments.  The course is aimed at all who wish to develop a deeper knowledge of liturgy.

“In his address to the participants at the Italian National Liturgical Week in 2017 the Holy Father called for a rediscovery of the ‘decisions taken with regard to the liturgical reform, by overcoming unfounded and superficial readings, a partial reception, and practices that disfigure it. It is not a matter of rethinking the reform by reviewing the choices in its regard, but of knowing better the underlying reasons, through historical documentation, as well as of internalizing its inspirational principles and of observing the discipline that governs it.’ Again, more recently, in his Apostolic Letter Desiderio Desideravi, Pope Francis has once more highlighted the vital importance of the liturgy for the life of the Church by stressing the urgent need to return to the theological and spiritual sense of Christian celebration and how the faithful are formed both by and for the liturgy.

In England and Wales, the Society of Saint Gregory is responding to the Pope’s call through its renewed offering of the ‘Taking Liturgy Seriously’ course. I commend this course to the faithful so that they may enter more deeply into the mystery of faith and experience the Lord’s burning desire to share himself with us in the mystery of his Body and Blood as well as in the other sacraments.”

Cardinal Arthur Roche

Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline  of the Sacraments

8 December 2022, Rome.

MODULE 1 – Eucharist
Monsignor Kevin McGinnell

2023 – 9, 16, 23 February –

  • Exploring the theology and meaning of the Eucharist
  • The history of its development to the present day
  • Ars celebrandi in the Roman and other rites. Some ecumenical reflections
Module 1 Course Leader

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell

Monsignor Kevin, a priest of Northampton Diocese, is chair of the diocesan Liturgy Commission, parish priest in Luton, Chair of the Society of Saint Gregory and formerly Chair of Joint Liturgical Group [GB] and English Language Liturgical Consultation.

MODULE 2 – Word of Prayer
Reverend Professor Peter McGrail

2023 – 16, 23, 30 March

  • Collects and other Orations – their development and origins
  • Eucharistic Prayers with their Prefaces. Thoughts from the Ambrosian Rite
  • Penitential Rites, Blessings and the Common of the Mass
Module 2 Course Leader

Reverend Professor Peter McGrail

A priest of Liverpool Archdiocese, Reverend Professor Peter is Director of the Hope Institute of Pastoral Theology and a member of the Liturgy Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, where he chairs its Liturgical Formation Subcommittee.

MODULE 3 – Word of God
Martin Foster

2023 – 27 April, 4, 11 May

  • The proclamation of the Word of God, the use of psalms
  • The use and development of Lectionaries
  • The current Roman Lectionary. Some ideas on the Revised Common Lectionary
Module 3 Course Leader

Martin Foster

Martin is Director of the Liturgy Office and Assistant Secretary of the Department of Christian Life & Worship. Prior to that he was a Parish Music Adviser in the Archdiocese of Westminster.

MODULE 4 – Symbol
Father Paul Turner

2023 – 8, 15, 22 June

  • Symbol and Theology
  • Bread and Wine
  • Gesture and posture for celebrant and people
Module 4 Course Leader

Father Paul Turner

Father Paul is pastor of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome.

MODULE 5 – Music in the Mass
Martin Barry

2023 – 21, 28 September, 5 October

  • The forms and functions of music in the Mass
  • Liturgical music in Christian history
  • Reform and renewal in music for the Mass
Module 5 Course Leader

Martin Barry

Martin was Choirmaster and Director of Music at Salford Cathedral for 23 years and now leads the music at Our Lady’s in Lillington, and occasionally for the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

MODULE 6 – Environment
Ann Blackett

2023 – 16, 23, 30 November

  • Building and space for worship – an historical overview
  • Altar, ambo, chair – how they speak in worship
  • Liturgical vessels, vestments, art – yesterday and today
Module 6 Course Leader

Ann Blackett

Ann is a liturgical writer and editor currently working as a parish liturgist in All Saints Anglican Church, Oakham, Rutland after several years teaching liturgy and sacraments to Franciscans in Canterbury and working also as director of music in the local Catholic parish.

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Course fee: £30 for an individual module

Discounted cost for the full course [six modules] paid in advance: SSG members: £150
Non SSG members: discounted price of £175 for the full course [six modules], including complimentary SSG membership for 1 year (for new members only)

Financial Assistance
If you’re wondering whether Taking Liturgy Seriously is for you, please don’t let cost keep you away. The Society has funds donated specifically to encourage and help people attend our courses and we would be pleased to hear from you. We can help with grants, usually up to 50%, which can be applied for by individuals of any age group. You can print off an application form here or get in touch via our contact form.

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