The Sacred Liturgy

According to the Vatican document Domus Ecclesiæ, liturgies at Basilicas should be well-prepared, carefully practiced, and prayerfully conducted. The word “liturgy” comes from the Greek composite word leitourgia, which means “public work” or a “service in the name of/on behalf of the people.” Truly the sacred liturgical worship of the Catholic Church fits those definitions since it is through our liturgical worship that “Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through His Church” (CCC 1069). The Second Vatican Council stated, “In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right of God…” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 8).

The liturgical worship of the Church includes the celebration of all seven Sacraments as well as the Liturgy of the Hours and devotional practices.If you are a member of St Mary Basilica, interested in the liturgy, and able to commit your time and effort to help prepare, perhaps you would be interested in joining the Liturgy Commission.

If you have a particular gift to share with God's people, perhaps you would like to serve in the following liturgical ministries:

  • Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
  • Lector
  • Usher
  • Altar Server (boys and girls who have made their First Holy Communion)
  • The Basilica Choir
  • The Basilica Choristers

Liturgical Roles, Calendar, Daily Readings and Mass Prayers.


St. Mary Basilica, Natchez, MS
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For more information contact:

Pat Tumminello
105 South Union Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Telephone: 601.442.9804 or send Email

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