Liturgy & Sacraments

101 INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

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Catholics all over the world share powerful stories of God's love and healing presence in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in this exciting new collection. While the sacrament remains probably the least liked and least understood of all, those who come to it often report feelings of a burden lifted, a brighter outlook and a deeper appreciation and acceptance of God's love poured out in Jesus. The Sacrament of Reconciliation continues to change the lives of people all over the world. The stories in this book were written and collected to be shared with others, and to build bridges of greater love and understanding for using this sacrament frequently and powerfully. Those who come to Reconciliation frequently will find comfort and affirmation of the sacrament's life-changing power. Those who do not will find the inspiration and encouragement to give it another try.

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9780972844758
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2006-09-30
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101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON THE EUCHARIST

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In this book Giles Dimock answers some the most commonly asked questions about the eucharist that have been posed to him in his preaching and teaching. He starts off with questions about the Jewish back-ground of Eucharist in the setting of the communal and sacrificial Passover celebration and then examines the Last Supper and its theology in the light of the Paschal Mystery. Some of the other questions deal with transubstantiation, sacrifice, Real Presence, communion, and intercommunion. Fr. Dimock's answers are both practical and ecumenical. The questions range from the straightforward "Why is the Eucharist called Holy Communion, "What is Forty Hours," to the more involved "What is said about the Eucharist in the

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9780809143658
Publication Date: 
2006-06-30
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101 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING: PENANCE AND ANNOINTING OF THE SICK

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This book is aimed at the general reader who desires insight into the Catholic teaching on the sacraments of penance and anointing; it addresses the theology of these two sacraments as well as particular concerns that both lay person and priest may have about them.

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9780809146604
Publication Date: 
2010-07-01

101 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE MASS

$18.95

A thorough explanation of the parts of the Mass its historical, theological, and liturgical aspects, and how it derives from and relates to daily life, now in a revised, updated edition.

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9780809147793
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2012-10-31
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201 INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF THE EUCHARI

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No time for Mass? This book shows you why it is more important thing than any other thing you will do each day. An uplifting compilation of stories by Priests, Religious and the people of God, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist is a treasure trove of wisdom that will delight, inspire and inform. Includes the Full Encylical of Pope John Paul II's Ecclesia De Eucharistia. Daily participation in the Eucharist, says Pope John Paul II, is capable of transforming the life of believers.

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9780972844710
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ACCEPT THIS OFFERING

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9780814618233
Publication Date: 
1989-10-31

ACCOMPANY THEM WITH SINGING THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL

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$24.95

Thomas Long begins this fascinating volume by describing how the Christian funeral developed historically, theologically, and liturgically, and then discusses recent cultural trends in funeral practices, including the rise in both cremations and memorial services. He describes the basic pattern for a funeral service, details options in funeral planning, identifies characteristics of a "good funeral," and provides thoughtful guidance for preaching at a funeral.

Long also notes a disturbing trend toward funeral services that seem theologically right and pastorally caring, but actually depart from the primary aims of the Christian funeral. He argues that a new, less-theological and less-satisfying service that focuses on the mourner has begun to erode the Christian view. He contrasts the ancient grand community drama with today's trend toward body-less memorial services that focus primarily on the living and grief management. This is a loss for the church, he argues, and he calls for the church to reclaim the classic metaphor.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664233198
Publication Date: 
2009-09-30

ACOUSTICS FOR LITURGY

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Acoustics in the place for worship are examined from the perspectives of an architect, acoustician, musician, organ builder, theologian, and pastor.

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9780929650531
Publication Date: 
1991-12-31

ALABADLE-HISPANIC CHRISTIAN WO

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By looking at the wide variety of Hispanic Christian worship that exists within the Hispanic community, Alabadle! highlights the cultural, generational, and denominational elements that comprise the spectrum of Hispanic worship.

Justo L. Gonzalez and seven other contributors provide an insightful look into the variety of worship styles that exist among numerous church traditions including Assemblies of God, United Methodist, Catholic, American Baptist, Presbyterian, and Disciples of Christ. And yet, in the midst of this variety, is a common thread of excitement - about worship and about the gospel!

Anyone interested in exploring worship, music, and liturgy styles from a particular Hispanic perspective will find Alabadle! a valuable learning tool.

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9780687010325
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1996-03-31
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ALTAR GUILD HANDBOOK

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9780800618681
Publication Date: 
1985-10-31

ALTARS FOR EVERYONE: WORSHIP DESIGNS ON ANY BUDGET

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$21.99

The altar sits at the heart of the worship space, reminding everyone that here is where we lift our hearts up to God. Often the altar is decorated, but almost always in the same way: with flowers, candles, or a cross. But what if the altar could be made a more integral part of the worship experience? What if the visual elements on the altar could be designed to fit in with that Sunday’s scriptures, hymns, prayers, and sermon? And what if it could be done, not only beautifully, but simply and inexpensively, so that churches of any size could benefit from this enhancement to their worship?

That is just what Nancy Townley and Stephanie Davis are offering in this helpful and practical book. Worship leaders and artists, they have assembled dozens of beautiful, worshipful altar designs, pictures of which appear in the book. Detailed instructions accompany the artwork and illustrate how to create the design, and how and where to find or purchase the component elements with the least effort and expense. Designed with the needs of small membership and mid-size churches in mind, this volume offers indispensable guidance for anyone who wants to make worship a more enriching and transforming experience.

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9781426765957
Publication Date: 
2013-04-01

ALTERNATIVE FUTURES-V5-MARRIAG

$9.95

These volumes provide creative and provocative analysis of each of the Church's seven sacraments.

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9780814614976
Publication Date: 
1987-06-29

ALTERNATIVE FUTURES-V7-ANOINTI

$9.95

These volumes provide creative and provocative analysis of each of the Church's seven sacraments.

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9780814614990
Publication Date: 
2006-06-04
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AMAZING NEARNESS: MEDITATIONS ON THE EUCHARIST

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A beautiful, personal, priestly reflection on the importance of Eucharistic adoration in Catholic life. Father Dajczer wants you to discover the joy and profound gift that comes when we truly encounter Jesus in the Eucharist. ""This book is an exceptional commentary on Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. It is in the Eucharist that we experience the affinity, communion, and mutual love that can transform us into This One who has first loved us.""--from the Foreword by Archbishop Joseph Michalik, Metropolitan of Praemislia and Chairman of the Polish Conference of Bishops

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9781612612003
Publication Date: 
2012-05-31
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AMAZING SACRAMENT

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$9.95
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9781853908873
Publication Date: 
2005-02-28
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AMERICAN EMMAUS

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Duffy portrays the American Emmaus as an ongoing conversion walk of 20th century Christians who attempt to recognize the crucified and risen Christ within the complex and pluralistic cultures of the United States.

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9780824515409
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1995-09-30
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ANCIENT CHRISTIAN WORSHIP EARLY CHURCH PRACTICES IN SOCIAL HISTORICAL AND THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

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This introduction to the origins of Christian worship illuminates the importance of ancient Christian worship practices for contemporary Christianity. Andrew McGowan, a leading scholar of early Christian liturgy, takes a fresh approach to understanding how Christians came to worship in the distinctive forms still familiar today. Deftly and expertly processing the bewildering complexity of the ancient sources into lucid, fluent exposition, he sets aside common misperceptions to explore the roots of Christian ritual practices--including the Eucharist, baptism, communal prayer, preaching, Scripture reading, and music--in their earliest recoverable settings. Students of Christian worship and theology as well as pastors and church leaders will value this work.

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9780801031526
Publication Date: 
2014-10-07

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

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2006 Catholic Press Association Award Winner!

The ritual Pastoral Care of the Sick offers the church a wealth of assistance in visiting and praying with the sick, in facilitating services of Communion, and in tailoring the sacramental rites of anointing and Viaticum to meet the particular circumstances of each individual illness and journey into death. "Anointing of the Sick" is a theological introduction to the rite and focuses on the whole spectrum of pastoral care of the sick.

Lizette Larson-Miller explores the sacrament of the anointing of the sick and the crucial role played by a biblical text from the Letter of James in reconstructing a rite for the sick rather than only for the dying. She looks at the central sacramental ideas surrounding the anointing of the sick that emerge from the three primary actions: the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands, and the anointing with the blessed oil.

Chapters are An Overview of the Rites of Pastoral Care of the Sick, The Threefold Ritual Center of Anointing of the Sick, Theological Questions from the Rite, and The Contexts of Church and Culture for Pastoral Care of the Sick.

Lizette Larson-Miller, PhD, is a Professor at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.

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9780814625231
Publication Date: 
2005-09-30
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APPROACHING GOD A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO LEADING WORSHIP

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Worship in the evangelical tradition is a blend of prepared and extempore contributions. It generally follows a set pattern, but openness to spontaneity is an essential ingredient. As in other traditions, ministers and worship leaders receive very little training in how to lead worship and this book meets a pressing need. It considers many aspects of worship including: Why do we worship? Who is worship for? Patterns and shapes in worship, types of prayer, singing, preaching, The Lord's Supper, details of leading, the spirituality of leading worship, connections to the whole of life, Worship as encounter, Worship as pastoral care, Worship as evangelism, and Worship as celebration. A directory of resources and online worship is also provided.

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9781853118869
Publication Date: 
2013-05-08

ARCHITECTURE FOR THE GODS

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A boom in the construction of churches, synagogues, and other places of worship is currently reaching its highest level in three decades, making this a valuable and timely reference for anyone involved in the building or use of religious structures, as well as all lovers of modern architecture.

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9780823002900
Publication Date: 
2000-08-31

ARCHITECTURE IN COMMUNION

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Amid the growing dissatisfaction with Catholic church architecture since the Second Vatican Council, and the general lack of clear and vibrant direction in liturgy, this book responds to the timely question of "How ought we build our churches?" Drawing upon the texts of the Second Vatican Council, recent papal encyclicals, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Schloeder examines this question in depth with regard to history, theology, iconography and symbolism.

Schloeder seeks not merely to analyze why modern churches are so uninspiring, but he offers positive direction for the renewal of an authentic Catholic architecture: one that respects the traditions of the Church's magnificent artistic heritage while advancing the vision of the Second Vatican Council. The key to the solution is to regain a sacramental vision of the liturgy and of architecture, a vision that will help us to build churches that nurture the human spirit with beauty and meaning.

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9780898706314
Publication Date: 
1998-03-31
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ARCHITECTURE OF IMMANENCE

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In this book Mark Torgerson shows how modern architecture has heavily influenced the construction of new sacred spaces, producing a new way of building that emphasizes God's coming near to us.
Torgerson begins by discussing God's transcendence and immanence and showing how church architecture has traditionally interpreted these key concepts. He then traces the theological roots of immanence's priority from liberal theology and liturgical innovation to modern architecture. Next, Torgerson illustrates this new architecture of immanence through particular practitioners, focusing especially on the work of theologically savvy architect Edward Anders Sovik. Finally, he addresses the future of church architecture as congregations are buffeted by the twin forces of liturgical change and postmodernism.
"An Architecture of Immanence" will interest architects, liturgists, and all Christians who seek to read the sacred spaces of the recent past."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802832092
Publication Date: 
2007-01-31

AROUND THE TABLE

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Award-winning author R. Scott Hurd employs the unique and imaginative stories of fourteen biblical characters who were close to Jesus including Thomas, Barnabas, and Mary Magdalene in order to help you know Christ better and to contemplate the mystery present in the Eucharist.

The scriptures are filled with familiar and not-so-familiar references to the Eucharist including the narratives of the Last Supper, Jesus calling himself the Bread of Life, and the accounts of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

InAround the Table, you will begin to better understand the mysteries of the Eucharist in a deeper way through the eyes of Thomas, who was with Jesus as he raised the widow s son at Nain and Lazarus at Bethany. You will explore the Eucharist as a foretaste of heaven alongside Bartholomew in the upper room and the precious gift of forgiveness that the Eucharist brings with Matthew as he first meets Jesus at Capernaum. You will find courage to share the Good News in the powerful story of Mary Magdalene s crushing sorrow and exuberant joy at the death and resurrection of Jesus.

R. Scott Hurd, senior director for leadership formation at Catholic Charities USA, helps you discover the meaning of the sacrament through the help of stories about those who accompanied Jesus during his time on Earth. In each chapter, you ll take the place of a specific friend, follower, or family member of Jesus in order to know him better, contemplate scripture, and deepen your understanding of the Eucharistic mystery we celebrate today. In addition to these scripture-inspired stories, Hurd provides you with tools to guide your reading:

  • A biographical sketch of each biblical character
  • Questions for journaling, contemplation, or conversation
  • Scripture citations for reference and further reading
  • A prayer to close each chapter
  • Hurd incorporates the tradition of the Church and his own lifelong fascination with the Eucharist to help you come to a richer understanding and deeper gratitude for this tremendous gift by which we are healed, strengthened, renewed, and challenged to become the loving persons God has created us to be."

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    9781594716553
    Publication Date: 
    2016-11-07
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    ART AND THE BEAUTY OF GOD

    $16.95

    In recent times Christian theology has failed to find a place for beauty. The Bishop of Oxford shows how a biblical faith can give a key place to it, and he argues for a Christian approach to art which is also sensitive to the spiritual dimension.

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    9780264675107
    Publication Date: 
    1999-12-31

    ART AND WORSHIP

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    $12.95

    More and more churches are bringing works of art into their buildings in order to enhance their worship and provide a focus for prayer and reflection. Art and Worship explores the relationship between religion and the visual arts and provides advice on how to commission works of art, how to place them, and how to hold art exhibitions in church. In Art and Worship, Anne Dawtry and Christopher Irvine survey the theological agenda for art and the Church. The authors also explore the need for communication between the Church and artists and for skill and sensitivity to the artistic dimension of worship. Art and Worship offers practical examples in commissioning works of art and shows how worship itself is art, a creative expression of our adoration and praise of God. Chapter one summarizes issues concerning the place of art in the Church. Chapter two offers a brief history of art in the Church. Chapters three and four suggest the type of conversations that artists and church people should engage in. Chapter five focuses on the relationship of art to worship. Chapter six discusses legal ramifications that congregations face when renovating churches. Chapters are "Introduction: Looking and Seeking, " "The Theological Agenda for Art and the Church, " "A Brief History of Art in Church, " "Encounter and Communication in Placing Art in Churches, " "Viewing Art, " "The Art of Worship, " and "Legalities, Practicalities and Other Resources."

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780814660263
    Publication Date: 
    2002-11-30
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