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Author: Charles E. Miller, C.M.
Copyright: 2000
First Printed: 01-09-2001

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. Volume Two of this series deals with the Celebration of the Eucharist and Volume Three treats the Sacraments and Other Matters Liturgical.

About the Author: Father Charles E. Miller, CM, was ordained as a Vincentian priest on Trinity Sunday, May 27, 1956. From almost that time he has been on the faculty of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as professor of homiletics and liturgy. He served three terms as rector from 1978 to 1987. In 1988 Cardinal Roger Mahony conferred upon him the Laudatus award “for excellence in the promotion of the liturgical life of the parishes and people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.” In 1996 he was appointed to the Wilfred L. and Mary Jane Von Der Ahe Chair of Homiletics and Liturgy at St. John’s Seminary. He has written several books for Alba House.

Book: 123 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0878-1
Prod. Code: 0878-5


Reviews

 

"Although each volume of this set stands alone with a separate title and focus, together they present one of the finest, clearest introductions to celebrating the liturgy that I have ever come across. The author brings together succinctly much of the thought and message of many of his previous books on the subject in a straightforwrd manner. It is intended to be a 'pastoral presentation on pastoral liturgy' but it really is written for all the people of God.... Father Miller has written about the liturgy from a deep love and understanding of each aspect of the liturgical celebration in parishes. He explains what these worship experiences can be, with an emphasis on what the Second Vatican Council meant. These three volumes are recommended to all worship commissions, liturgical planners and celebrants. They are an excellent source for discussion groups of adult Catholics wishing to more completely understand the Holy Mass and the sacraments." --Arnold Rzepecki in Catholic Library World, September 2001

 

"I enthusiastically recommend this three-volume series. They are written in clear, understandable prose, sprinkled with humor, and truly fulfill the author's purpose to communicate to both priest and baptized parishioner alike. For busy pastors looking for an education tool for their liturgy committees, Eucharistic ministers, and those participating in the R.C.I.A. program, this book meets the need superbly. For parishioners seeking to understand their faith and seeking to teach their own children about the Mass, there is no better resource. And for parish priests, seeking to update and refresh their own appreciation of the great gift God has entrusted to us as 'stewards of these Mysteries,' my brother priests will be rewarded by this work. On a personal note, I simply add that the next best thing to having Fr. Miller in your parish to speak on the liturgy is to have his magisterial treatment of the liturgy available for reading, study and reflection." --Msgr. Jeremiah J. McCarthy, Rector/President St. John's Seminary, Camarillo in Los Angeles Tidings, June 1, 2001

 

"Liturgy for God's People: New trilogy from educator (Homiletics and Liturgy professor), Vincentian Fr. Charles E. Miller, C.M.. Title for the series: Liturgy for the People of God. The author's aim: Clear, practical (i.e., not academic, esoteric) look at the Liturgy 'as our life as Catholics' -- a pastoral presentation on Roman liturgy (not considering monastic, experimental, or other rites). The rhetorical question: Do people in the pews know that liturgy is 'the work of the people' -- that effort is required of everyone present -- involving hearts, voices, souls, bodies, feelings, minds (and sometimes even humor)? The author elects to begin at the beginning -- with Jesus, Who He is, the Prayer of Children, Becoming Like Children, Getting to Know Christ Jesus. Details: (1) Foundations of Vatican II Liturgy, Vol. 1, 128 pages with the first part developing a personal relationship with Jesus, and the second part (chapters 5-11) on Vatican II. Of special interest -- 'A Liturgy Made Better by the Spirit,' and 'A Change in the Church, A Change in Ministry.' (2) The Celebration of the Eucharist, Vol. 2, 208 pages, 15 chapters covering each part of the Mass, including 'Some Pastoral Points About Communion,' and the Appendix, 'A Few Words (or More) to Presiders.' (3) Sacraments & Other Matters Liturgical, Vol. 3, 208 pages, 15 chapters looking at the sometimes forgotten celebrations that are also Liturgy -- the Sacraments, the Liturgical Year, the Calendar, the Liturgy of the Hours; including chapters on 'Vestments, Robes, and Sunday Best,' and 'Culture and Liturgy.' This volume, as with the other two, can be a source of continuing education for the Prayer-Worship committee as well as for any baptized Christian." --Crux of the News, May 28, 2001

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