Divine Worship



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 

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.                


2014ChildrenandRCIA-2  RCIA and Children Presentation -
  Slides with Notes by Fr. Jonathan Gaspar


 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  

1.  Greeting 
2.  Penitential Act 
3.  Gloria A 
4.  Gloria B 
5.  Credo I 
6.  Credo III 
7.  Orate, Fratres 
8.  Preface Dialogue 
9.  Sanctus 
10. Memorial Acclamation A 
11. Memorial Acclamation B 
12. Memorial Acclamation C 
13. Doxology 
14. The Lord's Prayer 
15. Agnus Dei 
16. Invitation to Communion 
17. Final Blessing 
18. Dismissals  

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