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Liturgy for the People of God

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

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: 206 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0880-4
Prod. Code: 0880-7

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"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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