Liturgy and Worship

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Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe these and all the truths which the holy catholic Church teaches, because in revealing them you can neither deceive nor be deceived.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The Office of Divine Worship and Liturgy was established to support the Archbishop in his role as the chief liturgist for the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.

The office supports the archbishop in his role through the preparation of liturgies celebrated by the people of the diocese (i.e. Ordinations, Chrism Mass, Rite of Election, etc.).  The office also helps parishes and groups in their celebrations of Episcopal Liturgies (Mass or special prayer services with the archbishop).

The Office for Divine Worship and Liturgy is also a resource for parishes, groups and individuals who need clarification on liturgical issues.

Among the many provisions in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, we find the following statements that provide us with our vision:

The liturgy daily builds up those who are within into a holy temple of the Lord, into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit, to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ, at the same time it marvellously strengthens their power to preach Christ and thus shows forth the Church to those who are outside as a sign lifted up among the nations, under which the scattered children of God may be gathered together, until there is one sheepfold and one shepherd. (SC 2)

The very nature of liturgical celebrations is to give the glory and praise to God through our full, conscious, and active participation. (SC 14)

Our Mission:

The Office of Divine Worship and Liturgy nurtures and supports the prayer life of the archdiocese celebrated through the Sacred Mysteries. In addition, the Office fosters continued liturgical renewal which calls for full and active participation in every celebration of the liturgy. The Office is committed to assist parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Johannesburg to celebrate the liturgy that the Church calls us to celebrate so that it will be truly that summit and font from which lives of the people of the Archdiocese flows.

The Office of Divine Worship and Liturgy accomplishes its mission through:

  • Assisting the Archbishop in his role as the principal liturgist of the Archdiocese.
  • Coordination of all episcopal and archdiocesan liturgies.
  • Recommendation and formation of particular norms, practices, guidelines in keeping with the liturgical praxis and norms of the Church.
  • Providing resource on liturgical matters for the Archbishop, parishes of the Archdiocese, and other Archdiocesan ministry offices.
  • Implementation of catechesis and liturgical formation on the parish level, deanery level and the diocesan level in collaboration with other Archdiocesan ministries.


Our Aim:

”Nevertheless the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons and daughters of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper.” Sacrosactum Concilium (10)

Our Objectives:

The Office of Divine Worship and Liturgy is committed to implementing the authentic liturgical vision of the Second Vatican Council.

Through the assistance rendered to parishes and individuals as well as our involvement in archdiocesan liturgies, ministry formation programs, and collaboration with other archdiocesan department, it is our sincere hope the Office of Divine Worship and Liturgy will aid in achieving ”full, active and conscious” liturgical participation in every parish and institution in the archdiocese.

Contact Details :

Fr Benedict Mahlangu OMI
Episcopal Vicar for the Office of Divine Worship and Liturgy
Tel: 27 (011) 402-6400
Fax: 27 (011) 402 6406

Mrs Annastacia Mphuthi
Head of Department for the Office of Divine Worship and Liturgy
Tel: 27 (011) 402-6400
Fax: 27 (011) 402 6406

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