The Liturgy-Work of the Holy Trinity✽

According to the Vatican document Domus Ecclesial, liturgies at Basilicas should be well-prepared, carefully practiced, and prayerfully conducted. The word “liturgy” comes from the Greek composite word leitourgia, which means “public work” or a “service in the name of/on behalf of the people.” Truly the sacred liturgical worship of the Catholic Church fits those definitions since it is through our liturgical worship that “Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through His Church” (CCC 1069). The Second Vatican Council stated, “In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right of God…” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 8).

The liturgical worship of the Church includes the celebration of all 7 Sacraments as well as the Liturgy of the Hours and devotional practices. Currently in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church there are two Forms of liturgical worship—the Ordinary Form and the Extraordinary Form. These were defined by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, issued on July 7, 2007.

The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite makes use of the most current liturgical rites promulgated since the Second Vatican Council. This is what we are most used to experiencing since it is almost completely in the vernacular these days. This is the strong majority of liturgical worship at St Mary Basilica.

The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite makes use of the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and updated by St. John XXIII in 1962, as well as those books for the other Sacraments that were in use at that time. At St Mary Basilica, Saturday morning’s daily Mass is offered according to the Extraordinary Form and is almost entirely in the original Latin. The Sacraments of Baptism and Marriage are also available in the Extraordinary Form upon request, but can utilize more English where vernacular texts have been approved. If you are a member of St Mary Basilica, interested in the liturgy, and able to commit your time and effort to help prepare, perhaps you would be interested in joining the Liturgy Commission. If you have a particular gift to share with God's people, perhaps you would like to serve in the following liturgical ministries at our Ordinary Form celebrations:

  • Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
  • Lector
  • Greeter
  • Usher
  • Cantor
  • Musician
  • Altar Server (boys and girls 5th grade and older)
  • Cross Bearer
  • Gift Bearer (individual or family)
  • Adult Choir
  • Children's Choir

For the Extraordinary Form, we are in need of Altar Servers. Any male Catholic in 5th grade or older (including adults) are welcome to express interest in learning to serve this Form of the Sacraments.

✽This title is taken from the title for Article 1 of Part Two, Section One, Chapter One in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Liturgical Roles, Calendar, Daily Readings and Mass Prayers.


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For more information contact:

Pat Tumminello
105 South Union Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Telephone: 601.442.9804 or send Email

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