Under the pastoral leadership and guidance of the Archbishop of Boston, the Office for Divine Worship serves as a resource for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy through the Archdiocese of Boston.
- To support the training and ongoing formation of liturgical ministers throughout the parishes, schools and institutions of the Archdiocese.
- To help parishes and Catholic institutions to recognize and promote the centrality of the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Church’s life.
- To continue the authentic implementation of the liturgical renewal envisioned by the 20th century Liturgical Movement and expressed in the Second Vatican Council
Resources and Services
- 2017 Lent and Easter Guidelines
- 2017 Liturgical Calendar Reminders
- Epiphany Proclamation
- Advent Penance Service
- Liturgical Ministries (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers at Mass): This office continues to provide support to parishes who are training new liturgical ministers through Archdiocesan Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers and training materials which can be used in preparing new ministers as well as providing ongoing support to those who have served in the past.
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Oversee the process of initiation for catechumens (unbaptized adults and children of catechetical age) as well for candidates for full communion with the Catholic Church. Providing support for RCIA teams and directors, with the goal of teaching to use the RCIA to train for Christian life.
- Sacred Music and the Liturgy: provide support for parish musicians and to ensure that sacred music is at the service of the Church’s liturgy.
- Funeral Policy: Archdiocesan Policy on Funerals as well as Guidelines for Homilies and Words of Remembrance.
- Baptism and Confirmation Guidelines for Sponsors/Godparents
- Holy Communion in difficult situations: Celiac Disease, alcohol intolerance and gluten allergies. Please contact the office for resources and canonical permissions.
- Liturgical Year: Annual guidelines for the celebration of the liturgical calendar with particular attention to Solemnities, Feasts, Holy Week Liturgies and the Seasons of Lent and Easter.
- Church Architecture and Art: Provide support for parishes in new construction or renovation/restoration. Provide approval and recommendation for Archbishop’s approval for architectural plans and sacred art commissions.
- General Liturgical Inquiries: e.g., penance services, acolyte training, liturgical books/translations, cremation, altar linens, hymnals, etc.
Need to Know
The Second Vatican Council states that the celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Office for Divine Worship exists to support the most important activity of the Church, which is the worship of Almighty God and the sanctification of the Christian people. A parish that strives to evangelize and to form disciples must first celebrate the liturgy well, inviting the faithful to a deeper understanding of the sacred signs (mystagogia). The first priority of an evangelizing community should be the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist. The Office for Divine Worship seeks to support this foundational belief and to promote a healthy liturgical life in the parishes, where fidelity to the Church’s legislative norms and liturgical texts is embraced.
Baptism and Confirmation: Guidelines for Sponsors
A godparent or sponsor is required by Canon Law to be a fully initiated Catholic in good standing, that is, they must have received all three sacraments of initiation in the Catholic Church. For a pdf, click here.
Liturgical Calendar Reminders
For a pdf, click here.
The Proper Care and Cleansing of Altar Linens & Sacred Vessels in the Archdiocese of Boston
Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar
The Easter Proclamation/Exsultet Recording
RCAB Funeral Policy
RCAB Policy and Instruction on Ecclesiastical Funeral Rites
Guidelines For Homilies and Words of Remembrance in OCF
These recordings below are provided for your use as you learn the Chants of the Roman Missal.
Chants of the Roman Missal – Participation Aid
Office of Divine Worship Saint Cecilia Schola
Richard J. Clark, Director
Many thanks to music ministers from the Archdiocese of Boston who volunteered their time and talent:
Allesandra Cionco, Richard J. Clark, Mark Donohoe, Rev. Jonathan Gaspar, Liz Kerigan, Emily Lau, Clare McNamara, Michael Olbash, Elisabeth Pifer, Tanya Skypeck, Jason Villarreal