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Liturgy for the People of God: A Trilogy

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by Charles Edward Miller

Three Volume Set Includes:
Vol. 1- Foundations of Vatican II Liturgy
Volume One of this three volume trilogy on the Liturgy for the People of God sets the tone and establishes the basis for the volumes that follow. In a lighthearted yet serious way, it tackles the most fundamental of all religious questions: Who is Jesus, and how and why do we worship him as we do in the liturgy? What is prayer and what does it mean to pray as little children? How did the Second Vatican Council bring together the teachings of the Popes over the past century in its "revolutionary" liturgical reform? Why have Catholics found the changes in the way they worship God to be either too little too late, or too much too soon? How can we enter the spirit of the liturgy and reap its benefits? What about the sense of awe and reverence that once seemed to be so much a part of Catholic prayer at Mass? Have we lost an awareness of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist? What does Pope John Paul II teach us about the various cultural expressions that have found their way into the liturgy? The Second Vatican Council placed its emphasis on a study of the Church as a single people who worship God in spirit and in truth. What impact did that have on the way we pray? What roles do the various ministries of the laity play and how do they differ from that of the ordained priest? With the pastoral conviction that liturgy is truly our life as Catholics, Father Miller enters into a conversation with the reader about this indispensable source of the true Christian spirit. 123 pages

Vol. 2 - Celebration of the Eucharist
Volume Two of this trilogy on the Liturgy for the People of God deals with the Mass as a celebration of the Christian community. It speaks of the four ways in which Christ is present during the Liturgy. The assembly, the altar, the ambo and the tabernacle along with the role each has in the celebration are discussed. There are eight elements in the Eucharistic Prayer just as there are eight steps to holiness, both of which are explained in detail. A study of the Mass follows, beginning with the Opening Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, a general overview of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Holy Communion including some pastoral points, and ending with the Concluding Rites and a few words to those who preside at the celebration. Here serious theology is interspersed with practical pastoral and spiritual suggestions to make the liturgy all that it is meant to be. Every Catholic will recognize the various scenes that Father Miller humorously describes to illustrate his points. The liturgy is the "work of the people," and that means that some effort is required if we are to achieve the "full, active participation" in the liturgy recommended by the Second Vatican Council. The Mass is the highest form of prayer possible to us since it is the worship which Christ himself offers to his Father in union with all the people who are united by the power of the Holy Spirit as one body in his Church. This book helps to show us how we can make it all it is meant to be. 206 pages

Vol. 3 Sacraments & Other Matters Liturgical
Volume Three of this trilogy on the Liturgy for the People of God deals with the Sacraments of Initiation, the Sacrament of Marriage, Penance and the Anointing of the Sick, Funerals, the Concept of the Liturgical Year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, the Sundays and Weekdays of Ordinary Time), Mary and the Saints, Liturgical Music, Art and Environment, Vestments and Robes, Posture and Gestures, Culture and Liturgy along with some thoughts about the future. Here the author points out that the sacraments are transcendent human experiences through which we enter into the world of faith. The classical definition of a sacrament is that it is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Christ himself is, of course, the preeminent sign from which all the other sacraments derive their efficacy. In this volume Father Miller also treats of the peripheral matters that people often complain about and which impact, for good or ill, the celebration of the sacraments: music, art, posture, gestures, cultural expressions, the environment, etc. He does so in a way which makes us smile and think at the same time. Many things which we thought we understood are presented in such a manner that we find ourselves blessed with new insights into old truths. 206 pages

3 Volume Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780818908811
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Liturgy for the People of God: A Trilogy

Liturgy for the People of God: A Trilogy