The chief element of divine worship must be interior. For we must always live in Christ and give ourselves to Him completely, so that in Him, with Him and through Him the heavenly Father may be duly glorified. (Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on the Sacred Liturgy)
What is Liturgy?
The word liturgy comes from a Greek term meaning “public work or work done on behalf of the people.” Liturgy always referred to an organized community. A work, then, done by an individual or a group was a liturgy on behalf of the larger community. All the worshipers are expected to participate actively in each liturgy, for this is holy “work,” not entertainment or a spectator event.
Through liturgical celebrations of the Church, we participate in the Paschal Mystery of Christ … The liturgies of the Church also help to teach us about Jesus Christ and the meaning of the mysteries we are celebrating. ( U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults).
The Archbishop is the chief liturgist of this Archdiocese. He appoints the pastors and other ministers to care for the liturgical life of his people. In collaboration with these ministers, a competent lay liturgical minister prepares and executes liturgies with style and grace. To appropriately prepare to serve in liturgical ministries, the Archdiocese offers a variety of trainings and formation opportunities.
Master of Ceremonies Training
This training assists those interested in serving as Master of Ceremonies in Masses where the Archbishop or a bishop preside.
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Liturgical Ministry Training
This one-day workshop is intended for liturgical ministers, ministry leaders, coordinators and for those who are discerning a call to assist the community in Liturgical celebrations at their parish. Various speakers from across the Archdiocese serve as keynotes to present their specialized knowledge of the liturgy. Speakers include liturgy professors, pastoral music professors and other highly trained individuals recommended by the Secretariat for Liturgy and Christian Prayer.
Upon registering for the workshop, registrants can select their liturgical interests: Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector, Music Ministry, Minister of Hospitality, or Minister of Liturgical Environment. The purpose of this workshop is to prepare individuals to serve as a liturgical minister at their parish, following the most updated liturgical norms and practices in the Archdiocese.
Training for Hispanic Choirs
We are called to serve the Lord and to continue to develop and enhance our gifts, talents and abilities as we carry out our ministry vocation. Let us together “stir into flame the gift of God (2 Tim 1:6)” for the edification of the Church and the Glory of God.
Hispanic Choirs workshop is a 14-week Spanish seminar of formation and training for liturgical music ministers. During these sessions, we will review the structure of the Mass and its musical components, study and acquire a repertoire of liturgical songs for the different Liturgical Seasons and learn several musical Mass settings. We are also implementing vocals/cantor lessons. Although the course is valued at an excess of $150 per participant and include study materials, through the sponsorship of the Archbishop’s Appeal and Lay Ministry Formation Fund, we are able to provide this great opportunity for our Hispanic Choirs in the Archdiocese of San Antonio at a discounted rate of only $20 per registrant.