St Mary’s Maynooth hosts closing worship for international liturgy conference

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230 delegates from around the world gathered in St Mary’s Maynooth at the conclusion of a four-day liturgy conference in St Patrick’s College. 

The conference was organised by Societas Liturgica, an ecumenical organisation which was founded in 1965 by a Dutch Reformed Pastor, Wiebe Vos.

In keeping with the tradition of the society, the closing Eucharist was celebrated in the tradition of its President, which this year was the United Methodist Church in honour of Rev Prof E. Byron Anderson. 

The conference explored a range of contemporary issues for worship and liturgy, including digital technology, COVID-19 and the growth of Pentecostalism. 

The conference also published a position paper on the need for increased ecumenical cooperation in the study of worship.

The conference was organised by an Irish sub-committee of Societas Liturgica, which included Dr Bridget Nichols (Church of Ireland Theological Institute), Dr Kerry Houston (TU Dublin) and Rev Prof Liam Tracey (St Patrick’s College Maynooth).Photo captions: 

A full house in St Mary’s Maynooth with delegates from the Societas Liturgica conference

From left to right: Rev Philip McKinley (Curate, Dunboyne and Rathmolyon Group of Parishes), Rev Dorothea Haspelmath-Finatti (Preacher) and Rev Prof E. Byron Anderson (Presider)