England & Wales
Grant that your faithful, O Lord,
whom you nourish and endow with life
through the food of your Word and heavenly Sacrament,
may so benefit from your beloved Son's great gifts
that we may merit an eternal share in his life.
Roman Missal, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Besides the times of year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thirty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated,but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honoured in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as Ordinary Time.
Beginning with the Third Sunday, there is a semicontinuous reading of the Synoptic Gospels. This reading is arranged in such a way that as the Lord's life and preaching unfold the teaching proper to each of these Gospels is presented.
November - Praying for the Dead
The Spirituality Committee has prepared a Novena for November to assist people praying for the dead in this month. On each day a different group is prayed for, including those who have lost their lives during the Pandemic.
- Novena for November (pdf)
The Guidance of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales can be found on its webpages.
Liturgy Office material is gathered on a resources page.
The Spirituality Committee has begun a project to sustain and support people's prayer life based on the Psalms.
The God who Speaks: Year of the Word
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Prayers during a time of 'flu and illness
- Sunday of the Word of God
- Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse - 12 April
- St Paul VI added to liturgical Calendar
- StudyGuide to Catholic Liturgy
- Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest & Calendar Notes
- Chrism Mass & Adoremus Resources II
- Adoremus- resources I
- Bishops' Conference November 2017 - Magnum Principium
- Cycle of Prayer - Intercessions & Bible Sunday
- Holydays of Obligation
- The place of silence
- CDF Instruction on Cremation and the Burial of Ashes
- Liturgical Calendar 2017
- Forthcoming Liturgical Translations
- Feast of St Mary Magdalene
Cycle of Prayer — Autumn
- Justice and Peace in the world
- especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on Harvest Fast Day (1st Friday in October)
- Students and Teachers
- especially on the Education Day (2nd Sunday in September)
- The Spread of the Gospel
- especially on Home Mission Day (3rd Sunday in September) & on World Mission Day (penultimate Sunday in October)
- The Harvest, the Fruits of Human of Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation
- especially on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held
- All Victims of War
- especially on Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November)
- Prisoners and their Families
- especially during Prisons Week (2nd week in November) and on the Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependants (2nd Sunday in October)
- Young People
- especially on Youth Day (Christ the King)
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have dedicated 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.
Confirmation & Marriage
New translations of the Order of Confirmation and the Order of Celebrating Matrimony was published in January 2016 for use from Easter 2016.
- Press Release
- Order of Confirmation — Information & Resources
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony — Information & Resources
Formation material for and texts from the Roman Missal have been re-incorporated back inothe Liturgy Office website.
- Liturgical Calendar
- Cycle of Prayer
Department for Christian Life and Worship
The Department for Christian Life and Worship is one of the six Departments of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. It is advised by three Committees: