The four-volume Anglican Resources for the Church Year collection provides resources for making the most of the liturgy and lectionary. Experienced ministers explain the purpose of liturgy and how to get equipped for liturgical planning. Specialized volumes demonstrate how to celebrate sacred time through prayer, and better understand Scripture with the direction of a lectionary. Find guidance and insights for exploring faith and prayer through the use of the liturgy and lectionary.
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In Labyrinth Year, Kautz guides readers on a pilgrimage that winds through the seasons of the liturgical year with devotions based on the thoughts and emotions of biblical characters whose stories are recalled in the seasonal Scripture readings. As readers explore the journeys of these people of faith, they connect with the deeper meaning of the stories and learn to live them out in their own experience.
Richard Kautz is an Episcopal priest who serves a parish near Boulder, Colorado. He leads retreats and workshops on personal discernment.
Celebrating Liturgical Time: Days, Weeks, and Seasons
J. Neil Alexander continues the standard of scholarship set by Patrick Malloy’s Celebrating the Eucharist as he explores the celebration of sacred time as shaped by the Book of Common Prayer 1979. Alexander digs into the implications for how we articulate and practice sacred time in every service of the prayer book and in many of the rubrics and general directives that accompany the rites. This volume is ideal for students, clergy, and church members seeking to strengthen their knowledge of liturgical timekeeping.
Bishop Alexander has given us an excellent study of the fundamental shape of the liturgical year . . .
—Louis Weil, Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
The attentive reader will feel here not only the beating heart of liturgy in time, but the living logic of the faith itself. Alexander’s clear, accessible style is deceptive: this book is poetic, rich, and deep.
—James Farwell, professor of theology and liturgy, Virginia Theological Seminary
In our Church, [Celebrating Liturgical Time] is bound to become the standard reference on how common prayer and Christian life unfold within the natural cycles and rhythms of time.
—Patrick Malloy, professor of liturgy, The General Theological Seminary
J. Neil Alexander is dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) and former bishop of the diocese of Atlanta.
Introducing the Lessons of the Church Year, Third Edition
Many parishioners have difficulty hearing the Bible with fresh ears as it is read in church each Sunday. Even with the best intentions, some come to the Word of God “cold” because they have not been taught the skills they need to hear and understand Scripture.
These brief and insightful introductions to each reading of the three-year lectionary cycle are designed to increase comprehension of Scripture by summarizing each passage, setting it in liturgical and historical context, connecting it to the season, and drawing out its relevance to life and faith. This is an ideal tool for Christian formation, as well as homiletical preparation. The style is clear, straightforward, and grounded in biblical scholarship. The third edition is updated to fit the Revised Common Lectionary and reflect a modern Anglican theological approach.
Learned without intrusiveness, pastoral without condescension, these beautifully concise introductions provide everything a congregation needs for a more thoughtful hearing and understanding of Scripture.
—Jack Miles, author, God: A Biography
A wonderful resource that will help sharpen the reading and hearing of Scripture in the assembly. The introductory materials offer valuable guidance for those who read the Scriptures in public. By helping congregations better understand the Bible passages read in worship, this book will help build up communities of faith steeped in the living Word of God.
—Ruth Meyers, Hodges Haynes Professor of Liturgics, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
With accessible, clear and gracious language, each of the readings of the ecumenical Sunday lectionary is introduced here. As a focus for preparatory Bible study, as printed texts for the assembly, or even as a few simple words spoken before each of the readings, these introductions awaken our ears and hearts once again to the primary texts of the Christian faith.
—Gordon W. Lathrop, Charles A. Schieren Professor of Liturgics Emeritus, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
George Woodward is rector of St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church in San Marino, California where he has served since 1995. He is chair of the Program Group on World Mission for the Diocese of Los Angeles and is involved in human rights and development work with the Anglican Church of El Salvador.
What do we mean by liturgical planning? Who should do the liturgical planning? Leonel Mitchell sets out to answer these critical questions, and then explores liturgical opportunities and preparations. He covers times and seasons in depth, such as Advent, the 12 Days of Christmas, Lent and Holy Week, Easter and the Great 50 Days, and the Sundays after Epiphany and Pentecost. He also explains the preparations that make for meaningful holy days and special occasions, such as Lesser Feasts, Thanksgiving Day, Vigils, Michaelmas, All Saints’ Day, the bishop’s visitation, and the Patronal and Dedication Festivals.
Leonel L. Mitchell is an Episcopal priest and retired professor of liturgics at Seabury-Western Seminary. He is also the author of several books.