The term, "liturgy," usually refers to the Mass, the gathering of the community for Eucharist. It also refers to celebrations of the Liturgy of the Hours as well as celebrations of any of the sacraments. Vatican II, in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, tells us how important it is: "The Liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church's power flows." (#10) It goes on to say that, "The Christian people, as far as possible, should be able to understand [both text and rites] easily and take part in them in a celebration which is full, active, and the community's own." (#21)
Campus ministers are called upon to plan, direct, and lead liturgies. We also train and form the ministers for the liturgy. Therefore, from time to time we need helpful resources about liturgy, not only for finding creative ideas to plan them, but also to help us grow in our own understanding of what the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy calls the "summit and source" of the Christian life.
Web Site Links
There is a whole world of sites on the Internet that can be helpful. The following links are but a few of the more significant ones. These provide access to essential Roman Catholic documents about the Mass and sacraments; they also offer reflections on the meaning of liturgy, hints about planning the liturgy, and ideas about the formation of ministers. Publishers of music, promoters of various kinds of church music, and ecumenical sites of note might also be found on the web.
The Center for Liturgy at St. Louis University
You'll find valuable tips (reflections, ideas for music, tips for prayer, etc.) for helping people prepare for the Sunday liturgy. Moreover, it provides at least 93 links to a vast array of sites that specialize in liturgy.
Lift Up Your Hearts
Worship and spirituality, much content and extensive ecumenical links to liturgical sites, including Roman Catholic. Sponsored by Evangelical Lutheran Chruch in Canada.
Links to important texts. An impressive array of links to texts and Church documents under such headings as Church, revelation, liturgy, justice, theology, morality, spirituality, evangelization, and religion.
Patron Saints Index
Biographies of thousands of saints with extensive cross-linking to the patron status of various saints, to the calendar of saints, and much more.
Lecturas de la Misa
Readings for Sunday Mass in Latin American Spanish.
New American Bible
Official liturgical translation of lectionary readings. The New American Bible, arranged according to Sunday readings (about two months are there). This translation was commissioned and is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and is the required text for liturgy in the United States.
Official Vatican Site, The Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Documents of Vatican II, books, and most other documents from the Vatican or the Pope.
Reflections on the daily readings by Mass Creighton University faculty, staff and administrators reflect upon the daily readings.
Mass Time & Church Locator
U.S.A. Mass times, Listing of Mass times in most cities in US. From Catholic Information Center on Internet.
Explanation of Ignatian Prayer
Learn about the prayer methods of St. Ignatius Loyola. Very helpful medium-sized articles on Ignatian prayer, the type of spirituality that the Center for Liturgy site uses. Included are such topics as: the beginnings, an overview of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, imagination in prayer, praying with scripture, daily ways to pray, and more. Includes also the text of the Exercises.
A very popular site sponsored by the Jesuits of Ireland that gives a daily prayer (not related to the Mass of the day) and interesting questions to ponder.
James Kiefer's Hagiographies
Saint's lives "Non-denominational" site, but good information on saints and references to books about them, according to the Revised Common Lectionary calendar.
Liturgy: Source and Summit of the Christian Life
Method and explanation of liturgy planning. Explains a method of planning, describes what "existential planning" means, and gives samples for each season of the Church year. From Creighton University liturgist Roc O'Connor, S. J.
National Association of Pastoral Musicians
A website for musicians and clergy, with a special section for campus ministry.