The Office of Worship fosters the full, conscious and active participation of the faithful in the celebration of liturgy.
Workshops and Events
Formation of Diocesan Worship Commission: The Office of Worship has re-established the Diocesan Worship Commission, which serves as an advisory group to the director of the Office of Worship. The DWC provides counsel on liturgical matters pertaining to the Diocese including the construction or renovation of liturgical spaces, the implementation of directives, issues surrounding liturgical music or environment and the training of liturgical ministers. Members consist of both clergy and laity representing the deaneries and are appointed by the bishop of Burlington.
Diocesan Music Workshops: Music ministers are invited to a series of regional music workshops that will be held throughout the Diocese, including topics such as Building a Music Program; Creative Hymn Playing on the Keyboard; A Method for Selecting Liturgical Music: Liturgical, Pastoral and Musical Judgments; Singing the Psalms at Mass; and Clinic for Guitarists. Check the diocesan calendar and your parish bulletin for more information, dates and locations. The next music workshops will be held from 9:30 – 2:00 pm on May 12 at Sacred Heart/St. Francis Church in Bennington and May 19 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe.
Diocesan Liturgical Policies and Guidelines
The Diocesan Office of Worship and the Diocesan Worship Commission have been charged with working to update various diocesan policies and guidelines concerning liturgy, including guidelines for liturgical ministers, music, the celebration of matrimony and funerals, art and environment and Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. As these policies are approved, they will be posted here.
Liturgical Guidelines for the Diocese of Burlington
- Sacramental Guidelines
- Diocesan Liturgical Calendar
- Diocesan Guidelines for Music in the Liturgy
- Diocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of Marriage
- Diocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of Funerals
- Diocesan Guidelines for Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
- Diocesan Guidelines for Art and Environment in Worship
- Diocesan Guidelines for Confirmation – 2018
- Preparing Parish Masses with the Bishop as Celebrant
Liturgical Ministry Guidelines for the Diocese of Burlington
- Diocesan Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
- Diocesan Guidelines for Lectors
- Diocesan Guidelines for Altar Servers
Liturgical Catechesis & Formation
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was the first formal document issued by the Second Vatican Council. The document lays out the vision the council had for the reform of the liturgy which is still being realized today.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal: This detailed document contains the directives for how to celebrate the Mass.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship: The Bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship is the national committee of bishops responsible for all things having to do with the liturgy in the United States and assists the bishops, both collectively and individually, in liturgical matters. They also have a helpful and extensive Prayer and Worship Page that links to many articles on the Mass and other liturgical celebrations of the Catholic Church.
Liturgical Music and Musicians
Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship is a document that provides guidance for the use of music in the liturgy. The document was approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops in 2007 and is a helpful resource for clergy and liturgical musicians, especially those responsible for coordinating the music at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. A study guide, published by the National Pastoral Musicians group, is also available.
Liturgical Art and Environment
Built of Living Stones, published by the United States bishops in 2000, is a guide that helps parishes plan for the building and renovation of a church. Also included in the document are guidelines and reflections on the use and place of sacred art in worship as well as preparing the church environment for the different liturgical seasons.