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Author: Charles E. Miller, C.M.

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. Volume One of this series deals with the Foundations of Vatican II Liturgy and Volume Two treats in detail the Celebration of the Eucharist.

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 fro Alba House.

Book: 535 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0881-1
Prod. Code: 0881-5

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