Mandate of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy


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. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made children of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst his Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s Supper. From the liturgy, therefore, particularly the Eucharist, grace is poured forth upon us as from a fountain; the liturgy is the source for achieving in the most effective way possible human sanctification and God’s glorification, the end to which all the Church’s other activities are directed. (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 10.)

1. Membership and Meetings

       1.1 The Commission shall comprise four bishops as determined by the Conference    
       1.2 The Commission shall meet twice a year, at a location determined by the
       Chairman. Use will be made of video or teleconference facilities when the agenda or
       circumstances warrants.

2. Areas of Responsibility
The Commission promotes the life and mission of the Catholic Church in Australia in the following areas:

2.1 It assists the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in matters relating to liturgy and the worship of the Church, and reports to the Conference on liturgical matters.

3. Particular Functions
In particular, the Commission performs the following functions:

3.1 It presents liturgical books for Australia to the Bishops Conference for approval.
3.2 It liaises with the International Commission on English in the Liturgy with respect to common editions of liturgical books and to prepare such supplements or adaptations as required for Australia.
3.3 It assists the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in its relations with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and other dicasteries in matters relating to liturgy.
3.4 It assists bishops to implement in Australia the liturgical directives of the Holy See.
3.5 It regulates and governs the publication and use of liturgical books in any commercial or non-commercial venture and safeguards the integrity of the publications.

4. Advisory Role
The Commission provides support to the Bishops and the Conference:

4.1 With the National Liturgical Council to foster and develop the pastoral liturgical life of Australia, and to supervise the initiatives and work of the National Liturgical Council.
4.2 To encourage liturgical education in Australia and the academic study and research in liturgy.
4.3 To promote especially liturgical music, the development of liturgical art and liturgical architecture.

5. Advisory Bodies
The Commission establishes, in accordance with the mandate in Schedule 1, the following advisory bodies to assist in its responsibilities:

5.1 The National Liturgical Council.
5.2 The National Liturgical Music Board.
5.3 The National Architecture & Art Board. 

6. Relations

6.1 The Commission maintains contact with:

6.1.1 The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
6.1.2 The International Commission on English in the Liturgy and other such mixed commissions as may be established from time to time.

6.2 The Commission maintains informal relations with

6.2.1 Diocesan Liturgical Commissions or Offices for Worship.
6.2.2 The Catechumenate Network.
6.2.3 The Australian Consultation on Liturgy.

7. Offices
The Commission supervises the work of the following office in accordance with the mandate detailed in Schedule 2.

7.1 The National Office for Liturgy.

8. Secretariat
The Secretariat for Liturgy assists the Commission in fulfilling its tasks.

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