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Liturgical Advisory Committee News January 2009

The Liturgical Advisory Committee met in Church House Dublin on January 23rd, and welcomed Ms. Julie Bell as a newly co-opted member. Julie brings to the committee considerable musical expertise and experience. The Committee received a report from the Liturgical Space sub-group following its meeting in December. In the light of the report further consideration was given to the Green Paper which is to be presented to General Synod in May, the first stage in seeking to achieve and maintain best practice when considering the reordering of churches.

There was a review of the launch of "Singing Psalms" in Dublin and Belfast. The feedback from both the launch and from individual testimonials was very encouraging. The reported use of the psalms in Sunday worship has met the initial aim and objective of the publication, and has given impetus to the ongoing work for Year C to be published in the autumn of this year.

Equally encouraging was the discussion about work of the Formation sub-group which recently published "Celebrating Communion". A number of sets have been purchased by those planning to use this educational programme on the Holy Communion service as a Lent course. Ideally suited for a parish Lenten programme in terms of both timeframe and content, it is hoped more parishes will avail of this home-grown package. The next in the "Prism Series" of parish education courses is now being prepared.

The Resources sub-group is meeting in February to look at what Holy Week resources are available in the wider Anglican Communion and elsewhere. Whilst there is a wealth of valuable material available, not all would be considered suitable for use in a Church of Ireland parish context. It is hoped that by considering what is currently available the LAC may be able to compile a  resource book for Holy Week and Easter for the Church of Ireland. Consideration is also being given to the composing of eucharistic prayers for use in services with children.

A report was given following the recent meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Officers. In the discussion that followed appreciation was expressed for the work done by the DLO's in disseminating information from the LAC to the dioceses and parishes. The value and importance of their role was commended to the dioceses.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 20th.


Hon. Sec. Revd. Gerald G. Field
The Rectory, Church Avenue, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Tel: 057 9321731
Email: Honorary Secretary