Liturgy and Prayer

Welcome to the Archdiocesan pages for Liturgy and Prayer.  We hope you will find them of help.  In liturgy and prayer the people of God celebrate and enter into relationship with God through Christ in the Spirit.  As the Vatican II writers said, “Christ is always present in His Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of His minister, “the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross”,  but especially under the Eucharistic species. By His power He is present in the sacraments, so that when someone baptizes it is really Christ Himself who baptizes. He is present in His word, since it is He Himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church. He is present, lastly, when the Church prays and sings, for He promised: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20), (Sacrosanctum Concilium #7)”.

In the Archdiocese of Wellington, we aim to:

  • Be an outward-focused community, compassionately listening to and praying for the hidden voices within and beyond our community.
  • Be led by the Spirit to bring God’s Word and Eucharist to all people with commitment and passion.
  • Be, as a community, open and flexible in prayer, spirituality and liturgy so that our sacraments are meaningful and connected to people’s experience.
  • Encourage and celebrate a variety of opportunities to develop and encourage different styles of individual and family prayer life.
  • Enhance personal spiritual growth which will support and enrich hospitality within the gathered community, enabling us to be Eucharist to all.
  • Provide training and ongoing formation for active lay participation in all liturgical ministries, particularly preaching.
  • Actively involve the gifts of the community through personal invitation.
  • Affirm and empower all leaders – lay, ordained, men and women.
  • Incorporate silence and reflective moments in liturgies which will be creative, culturally diverse and enriched by varied and appropriate music and environment.
  • Recognise the diversity of our community as a gift of God.
  • Acknowledge this diversity by:
    • Deepening our understanding, especially in Pastoral Areas, of the tradition of our Aotearoa New Zealand Church and the whakapapa of our parishes
    • Living out our bi-cultural partnership within our multi-cultural context, reflecting both in our liturgies and prayer
    • Discerning and using the gifts of all.
  • Fully embrace active youth participation and ministry, which recognise the giftedness and creativity of our young people.