Office of Worship

The Office of Worship of the Archdiocese of Washington, under the guidance of the principal liturgist, the Archbishop of Washington, and the leadership of the director, seeks to be a resource for parishes and ministers in the planning of liturgical celebrations and ceremonies. It is the responsibility of this office to oversee the liturgical norms and policies of the archdiocese. In addition, it assists parishes with the formation of its members in various ministries such as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, lectors and music, as well as providing information in other areas of liturgy.

Office of Worship Staff:

Father Joseph Murphy

Interim Director

[email protected]


Christopher Levesque

Liturgical Assistant

[email protected]

Archdiocese of Washington Ordo Publication

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington Ordo is published annually to assist clergy and liturgical staff to prepare liturgical celebrations. Each date’s listing includes the liturgical information for the day: color of vestments, the citations of the readings for Mass, and optional celebrations. Also included are relevant notes, necrology of Archdiocesan priests and deacons, titular feast days of our parishes, and significant anniversaries of our bishops.

Please direct any questions regarding the Ordo to the Office of Worship at [email protected].

Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are available below in English and in Spanish.  The Appendix in English is available separately. The Spanish Guidelines include the appendix.

English without Appendix (Appendix offered separately) |  Appendix  | Spanish with Appendix


Traditionis Custodes in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

Traditionis Custodes, which means “Guardians of the Tradition,” contains a set of norms for the celebration of what is popularly known as the Traditional Latin Mass.

Traditionis Custodes Norms will take effect in three non-parochial churches in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington on September 21, 2022.

Traditionis Custodes | Press Release | Implementation Letter, Decree and Liturgical Norms

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