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Paulist Press Liturgy Collection (6 vols.)


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The Paulist Press Liturgy Collection reflects on the meaning of liturgy for all Catholics and provides practical aids for liturgists. Helpful guides, contemplative reflections, and an extraordinary illustrated history of the liturgy combine with other resources that provide relevant Prayers of the Faithful, poems, hymns, and psalms to assist in the celebration of the Eucharist.

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Key Features

  • Offers guidance on liturgy based in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal
  • Provides Prayers of the Faithful and other resources for Mass
  • Includes an exquisite illustrated history of the liturgy

Product Details

Individual Titles

Christ, Our Love for All Seasons

  • Author: Ralph Wright
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 240

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Christ, Our Love for All Seasons is a prayer book geared toward every liturgical season in the year—and each “season” of our lives. All the major feast days are featured with poems, hymns, and psalms relevant to the occasion. It also functions as a poetry supplement to the one- and four-volume Liturgy of the Hours, which the Second Vatican Council proclaimed “The Public Prayer of the Church.” Father Ralph Wright’s book helps all seekers to pray this ever-ancient, ever-new prayer.

For over 40 years Ralph Wright has been involved in the poetic process. His poems speak deeply to the human conditions; the mystery of faith and love, they longings of the human heart. A prayerful reading of these poems and prayers will surely enrich one’s journey, for the language of poetry stirs something deep within the soul. Fr. Ralph Wright, OSB, articulates in verse and prayer his experience of life and love.

—Robert F. Morneau, auxiliary bishop, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Father Wright’s book validates him as many persons: psalmist, meditator, homilist, priest, but it cannot camouflage the poet, and a genuine one at that. Although his writing is always at the service of the man of prayer whom he truly is, the poet speaks equally to the point. Images flash out with a sort of studied abandon and are arresting for their pertinence and inspiration

—Brother Augustine Denis Towey, department of theatre, Niagra University

Ralph Wright, OSB, (b. 1938) studied at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, England. He spent two years in the British Army before becoming a monk at Ampleforth Abbey. After coming down from Oxford, he spent four years studying theology at Fribourg in Switzerland. Immediately after ordination to the priesthood in 1970, he joined the abbey’s new community at St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches theology in the school and is director of vocations.

Gospel Spirituality and Catholic Worship

  • Authors: Paul L. Cioffi and William P. Sampson
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 144

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Gospel Spirituality and Catholic Worship returns to the mindset of Jesus as encountered in the Gospels to discover the unity between spirituality and worship. This book helps Catholics integrate their personal prayer life and liturgical experience.

The authors of this timely book . . . show how our liturgical and spirituality renewal should intertwine and be mutually nourishing to each other. They have succeeded admirably. Their book is filled with insightful statements about gospel spirituality, which prepare one to internalize the prayerful dynamic of the eucharistic celebration. One would like to be able to remember them all during the actual celebration of the sacred mysteries.

—Everett A. Diederich, SJ, scholar-in-residence, Stroble Center for Liturgy, Saint Louis University

In our highly individualized and empirical world, Paul Cioffi and William Sampson have dared to offer an insightful exegesis into the way that the celebration of the Eucharist can and ought to be spiritually fulfilling for both priest and individual participant. Their work ought to become a standard in the libraries of liturgists, spiritual directors, and those who might have been put off by the tensions often found between the performance of the liturgy and the desire for a deeper life of prayer.

—Wilton D. Gregory, bishop of Belleville, Illinois

Paul L. Cioffi, SJ, is director of the Institute of Pastoral Renewal, Inc., in Washington, DC. He is also on the staff of the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the North American College in Rome. He holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America.

William P. Sampson, SJ, (1928–2000) received the STL from Woodstock College. He was a spiritual director in Washington, DC. He is the author of two other books—including Meeting Jesus—and numerous articles.

How Not to Say Mass

  • Author: Dennis C. Smolarski
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 136

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Dennis C. Smolarski, SJ, offers this guidebook of principles and norms to help all those involved in worship to avoid the common pitfalls that occur in the celebration of the Eucharist. This edition has been completely revised in accord with the 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

Compulsory reading for anyone interested in leading worship, Roman Catholic or not.

Homiletic Review

Parish liturgical committees can use this text as an excellent resource in evaluating the quality of the liturgy of the Eucharist. Presiders can critique their own style.

—Robert F. Morneau, auxiliary bishop, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Recommended for priests, liturgy committees and commissions, and parish ministers.

National Bulletin on Liturgy

A book which every priest could read with a great deal of profit and instruction.

Modern Liturgy

Dennis C. Smolarski is a Jesuit priest who has been on the faculty of the department of mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University in California since 1982. He has a long-time interest in Western and Eastern liturgies and occasionally assists at Byzantine Catholic parishes. He is the author of How Not to Say Mass and Sacred Mysteries.

Liturgy: The Illustrated History

  • Author: Keith F. Pecklers
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 260

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This volume traces the history of liturgy from its origins in the second century to the present-day Church. Written by one of the foremost liturgical scholars, Father Keith Pecklers, this exceptional book is a geography of Christianity, analyzed period by period. It is an anthropological history of the Church that involves relationships with architecture, art, literature, culture, pastoral and ecclesiastical government—as well as with its connections with the civil power and the organization of society.

Liturgy: The Illustrated History is a bridge among various disciplines, and its illustrative documentation ranges from architecture to music, from politics to linguistic cartographies, and from ecclesiastic to monastic history. It features a colorful design and a vast array of extraordinary illustrations and maps in full color. This volume is sure to appeal to lovers of history as well as liturgy professionals.

Keith F. Pecklers, SJ, is professor of liturgy at the Pontifical Gregorian University and professor of liturgical history at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome. He is the author of several books, including Liturgy for the New Millennium: A Commentary on the Revised Sacramentary and The Genius of Roman Rite: On the Reception and Implementation of the New Missal.

Prayers of the Faithful: For Sundays, Feasts, and Seasons

  • Author: Hugh McGinlay
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 160

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Encompassing all three liturgical cycles, including feast days and the seasons, this comprehensive collection of prayers has been written with the principal themes of the daily readings in mind—reinforcing their teaching and connecting their message with our lives as disciples of Jesus.

This book is an excellent resource for seminaries, colleges, and schools where liturgy is taught; as well as for parishes, schools, and communities preparing a celebration of the Eucharist; and for individuals who want a thoughtful personal preparation for Mass.

Hugh McGinlay studied theology and Scripture in Glasgow, Rome, and Jerusalem, and religious education in Ireland. He holds an STL, LSS, and DRE in those fields. He’s been involved in Christian publishing for more than 30 years in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and is actively involved in his local Catholic parish in Melbourne.

Sheer Grace: Living the Mystery of God

  • Author: Draško Dizdar
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 218

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Sheer Grace shows the unbreakable link between theology, liturgy, and spirituality, grounding it in a radical tradition of liturgy as transformation, which has its roots in the Scriptures and lived liturgical experience of our biblical and ecclesial ancestors.

At the same time, Draško Dizdar looks to the present experience of Christians who feel a deep need for the kind of transforming experience that liturgy can be. He looks to the future with hope as a gift of “sheer grace,” as something only God can and does give, and not as something we can manufacture by our own efforts at renewal or restoration.

Draško Dizdar is a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate and a theologian. He holds a PhD, and has lived and worked in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. He is currently in Tasmania, establishing a contemplative community for young people and working for the Catholic Education Office of the Hobart Archdiocese in the ongoing formation of Catholic school teachers.

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