The Society of St Gregory was founded in 1929 to encourage people’s participation in the liturgy – at that time by means of congregational singing of plainsong. It has never lost touch with its original purpose, though the means of doing so was dramatically changed by the Vatican Council.In the renewed liturgy after the Second Vatican Council, the Word of God has a special place. The selection of readings at Mass was greatly expanded so the treasures of the Bible were opened up. The revised Lectionary has become a shared gift across the denominations. Scripture has not only been the source of words we proclaim but also those we sing and pray.
Over the last couple of years, the Summer School has reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and how it deepened our appreciation of liturgy, not only in the Constitution on the Liturgy, but in the other documents as well. The Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, expressed the Church’s understanding of the place of scriptures in the life and faith of the Church.
This year’s Summer School entitled “The Word that is Life” will be held at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire from 27-31 July. The meeting will continue to explore the riches of the Second Vatican Council, concentrating on Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Revelation, promulgated 50 years ago this year.
For the last two years, the Society has funded a number of free Summer School places for younger people involved in liturgical ministry. The scheme has been very successful, not least in terms of the calibre of people it attracted. This year, a further 15 free places for young people aged between 18 and 35 are being funded by the Society.
Further information can found on the website: www.ssg.org.uk.