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A message from Bishop Dominique Rey

Toulon, France – 1st December 2015


Bishop Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France, has welcomed the announcement of Sacra

Liturgia UK 2016: “I am delighted that the Sacra Liturgia initiative which began in Rome in 2013 and

which was continued in June this year in New York City will come to London, England, in July 2016.”


“These initiatives underline the importance of the question of the liturgy in the life and mission of

the Church today,” he said, “for the Sacred Liturgy is the source and summit of life and mission of

the Church, as the Second Vatican Council insisted. That is why we must give it priority in our

personal lives of faith and in any pastoral, apostolic or missionary endeavours. As the

commandments teach us, our first duty is the worship of Almighty God!”


“If we fail to respect this our Christian lives and our mission in the world will suffer. If we do not

encounter Christ alive and acting in His Church in the Sacred Liturgy as optimally as possible, how

can we be His effective witnesses to others? If our liturgical formation and celebration is deficient,

the New Evangelisation will not rest on a firm foundation,” Bishop Rey insisted.


“I am profoundly grateful to His Eminence, Vincent Cardinal Nichols, for his welcome to the

Archdiocese of Westminster,” Bishop Rey said, “as well as to the sponsors, organisers and speakers

who are working so diligently to ensure that Sacra Liturgia UK 2016 will be an event that makes a

significant contribution to the ongoing liturgical formation of all involved in the Church’s life and



“I look forward very much to being present in London next July,” Bishop Rey added. “It is a singular

honour that His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship

and Discipline of the Sacraments, will be present to address us and to celebrate Holy Mass. I hope

that all who participate in Sacra Liturgia UK shall be enriched by the liturgical formation it will

provide, profit from the new connections and friendships it will occasion and be strengthened by the

beautiful liturgical celebrations in which we shall participate.”


“May God bless this initiative. May it bear much fruit in the United Kingdom and beyond!”


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