Divine Worship

Mission

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.  

Goals 

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 

CONTACT US


Ministry Team 

Thomas Lyman
Coordinator of Divine Worship
Office: 617-746-5880

Fr. Jonathan M. Gaspar
Archdiocesan Master of Ceremonies and Chaplain

Diane Campbell
Executive Assistant, Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship
Office: 617-746-5761
Fax: 617-779-4570

Divine Worship Summer Webinars

Re-opening and Renewing the Liturgy with Excellence: Resources for Parish Worship.” As our parishes re-open and congregational singing returns, the Office of Divine Worship encourages pastors and music directors to evaluate their congregational worship aids. Several new high-quality, economical, and accessible Catholic resources have become available recently, and these webinars will provide an introduction to them and a chance for guests to ask questions. Register at the links below!

  • Weds. 7/14 1:30-2:30pmThe Ignatius Pew Missal: Help your Congregation Sing the Mass, Not Sing at Mass: Tom Lyman, Coordinator of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston, welcomes Paul Senz of Ignatius Press to speak about their Ignatius Pew Missal, a collaborative work with the Augustine Institute. Register to learn more about this excellent and cost-effective resource to help your parishioners come to know a strong core-repertoire of Catholic hymns. Includes all Sunday readings, available in English and Spanish. Register here.
  • Weds. 7/28 1:30-2:30pm: Source and Summit: Elevate the Liturgy in Your Parish:  Tom Lyman, Coordinator of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston, welcomes Adam Bartlett and Eric Robinson of Source and Summit to speak about their work to bring accessible, congregation-friendly English chant to parish liturgy. Adam will offer some brief catechesis on this simple but beautiful art, and will offer a demo on Source and Summit’s powerful digital platform for liturgy preparation. Learn how you can produce high quality congregational worship aids in minutes, or choir materials, not to mention the new Source and Summit Missal, a high quality and affordable annual pew resource, in addition to hardbound hymnals and missals. Register here.
  • Weds. 8/25 1:30-2:30pm: The St. Michael Hymnal, Fifth Edition: Tom Lyman, Coordinator of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston hosts Linda Schafer and Fr. Michael O’Connor, OP, the editors of the St. Michael Hymnal to learn about their newest edition. The ten years since the promulgation of the new Roman Missal have seen a flowering of new compositions, particularly in both the Ordinaries and the Propers of the Mass. And so it seems that now is a perfect time to present the new edition of the St. Michael Hymnal, which includes many of these new and beautiful compositions, plus a rich collection of hymnody, from the patrimony of the Church’s past to more recent compositions. Thanks to other laborers in the vineyard, more and more of the Catholic faithful are understanding the role of music in the liturgy, and are asking for music that serves the liturgy. We are happy to be a part of that grass-roots movement to restore the nobility and splendor of the Church’s music. Register here.


COVID-19 Resources


Resources and Services 

Ongoing Formation

  • 2020-2021 FDLC’s Weekly Wednesday Webinars on the Liturgical Books: Register for free at this LINK to participate in weekly webinars on each current liturgical book. Registration allows you to listen to the recordings later if you are unable to attend live.
  • Click here for a full list of topics and presenters.

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. 
  • Read the guidelines in Portuguese here.
  • Read the guidelines in Spanish here.

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.   
  • RCIA 2020: All info here - Essential information concerning communication on the Rite of Election, registration for the 2020 Rite of Election, and how to request a Book of the Elect for your parish.

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.  
  • 2020 Pandemic Study on Singing and Music: Please read the details of this study to understand the rationale for wearing masks while singing, as well as recommendations for wind instruments. Note especially pages 29-42.
  • Music for First Communion and Confirmation
  • 2021 Epiphany Proclamation--Announcement of 2021 Moveable Feasts: Set to music with 2021’s liturgical dates, this is designed to be chanted by a Deacon, Presider, or Cantor after the proclamation of the Gospel at Epiphany Masses (1/3/21). We hope you can include this Roman Missal option that adds great beauty to the liturgy. Offered in English and Spanish.

Funeral Policy

Baptism and Confirmation Guidelines for Sponsors/Godparents

Holy Communion in difficult situations 

Liturgical Year

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.  

Chrism Mass and Care of the Holy Oils

The Proper Care and Cleansing of Altar Linens & Sacred Vessels in the Archdiocese of Boston

General Liturgical Inquiries

  • e.g., penance services, acolyte training, liturgical books/translations, cremation, altar linens, hymnals, etc.   

Mission of the Office of Divine Worship

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.  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.                 


Chants of the Roman Missal

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