The Second Annual St Bede Liturgy Lecture
was given by
The Most Rev. Arthur Roche
Archbishop Secretary of the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship
Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds, recent Chairman of ICEL
Chairman of the Department of Life and Worship
of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales
given on Saturday 14 July 2012, Ealing Abbey
Feast of Saints Camillus of Lellis and Kateri Tekakwitha
Archbishop Roche spoke on the phrase from the Dogmatic Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium 8:
In terrena Liturgia caelestem illam praegustando participamus
“In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy”
(tr. Austin Flannery)
After the lecture, there was an opportunity to ask questions.
The lecture was delivered in the presence of:
The Most Rev Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne
The Rt Rev Martin Shipperlee, OSB, Abbot of Ealing
In attendence were members of the monastic community of Ealing Abbey including:
The Rt Revd. Francis Rossiter, OSB, Abbot President Emeritus,
The Very Rev. Dominic Taylor, OSB, Prior of Ealing Abbey,
The Rev. Peter Burns, OSB, Parish Priest, St Benedict’s Parish, Ealing
Rev. Alexander Bevan, OSB
and academic dignitaries
The Rev. Prof. Dr Ephrem Carr, President of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant’Anselmo, Rome
Prof. Dr Joris Geldhof, Professor of liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
His talk is projected to be published in Questions Liturgiques: Studies in Liturgy. An initial report is expected to appear in The Tablet of London.
The first annual St Bede Liturgy Lecture given in 2011 by Fr Ephrem Carr, President of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Sant’Anselmo, is now available as, “Sacrosanctum concilium and its Consequences: The Reform of the Liturgy”, Questions Liturgiques: Studies in Liturgy 92 (2011) 183-194.
Sponsored by the Institutum Liturgicum.
The Most Rev. Arthur Roche, the newly appointed Archbishop Secretary of the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, gave the second annual St Bede Lecture on 14 July 2012 at Ealing Abbey. Commenting on a line from Sacrosanctum Concilium, he affirmed that the liturgy is a privileged occasion for the transformation of the quality of life of believers. Such a personal transformation is not merely a product of individual piety and devotion but properly belongs to the assembly gathered in the power of the Spirit and inheres in the celebration of the Church’s liturgy itself. Assembled communities must again be helped to perceive in the liturgy the divine presence transforming the quality of life, a presence which may sadly be neglected when the community is turned inward, distracted by its own performance of a liturgy becoming earthbound and heaven-bereft. Liturgical renewal throughout history has often called the liturgical assembly back to its identity as the body of Christ and to their affective involvement and spiritual engagement with the person of Christ present in the liturgy.