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William HarmlessForeword by Allan Fitzgerald, OSA
As one of the most influential thinkers in Christian history, St. Augustine (354–430) had a flair for teaching and meditated deeply on the mysteries of the human heart. This study examines a little-k ...
Edited by Doris K. Donnelly
Sacraments speak a language and disclose their power through symbols. Beyond 'representing' another reality, sacramental symbols are intimately connected with the reality they express and sources of j ...
A Primer for Catholics
Nicholas E. Denysenko
What is chrismation? Nicholas Denysenko breaks open chrismation as sacrament of belonging by exploring its history and liturgical theology. This study offers a sacramental theology of chrismation by e ...
Michael G. Witczak
The celebration of the sacrament of baptism underwent a major change in the years after the Second Vatican Council (1962–65). The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was revised to take into accoun ...
Scientific and Sacred Stories of Water, Oil, and Fire
Linda Gibler, OP; Foreword by David N. Power
In From the Beginning to Baptism, Linda Gibler takes readers on a journey—from the depths of space and the beginning of time through sacred Scripture and church history—to discover the origins and cre ...
Ecumenical Dimensions of the Doctrine of Baptism
Susan K. Wood, SCL
Most Christians would say that baptism is the one sacrament Christians of all denominations share, that it is the source of ecumenical unity among all Christian churches. But how true is that? Is ther ...
Understanding the Sacraments
Lawrence E. Mick
Sacraments are at the heart of our lives as Catholics, the way we celebrate together our continuing conversion and encounter with God. Sacramental preparation is essential if we are to experience the ...
This revised edition guides parents through the experience of their child’s baptism. Your Child’s Baptism is a useful resource for reflecting on baptism. This full-color booklet explains the meaning o ...
Revised and Expanded Edition
E. C. Whitaker; Maxwell E. Johnson
Since its first appearance in 1960, Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy has been praised and used by scholars in understanding how the rite of baptism was celebrated through the centuries. This new edi ...
A handsomely bound, gold-stamped book, the Ritual Edition contains the basic texts for the rite of baptism plus the optional texts for various situations. This edition has been updated with the readin ...
Do rites such as the scrutinies of the RCIA enhance your community's celebration or do they "just make Mass longer"? This book will help liturgy preparers understand the vital relationship of these ri ...
What Does Baptism in the Holy Spirit Have to Do with Christian Initiation?
Heart of the Church Consultation; Kilian McDonnell, OSB, and George Montague, SM, Editors
The authors of this document supply much-needed clarification of baptism in the Holy Spirit. They also provide evidence that baptism in the Spirit belongs not to the personal experience of the few, no ...
Second Revised Edition
Kilian McDonnell, OSB, and George Montague, SM
Up to now the teaching on baptism in the Holy Spirit has been based on a few scriptural texts, whose interpretation was disputed. This doubt cast its shadow on those who promote baptism in the Holy Sp ...
A New Sourcebook for Parents and Godparents
William J. Belford
For those who come to the Church asking for their child's baptism, this book will deepen their understanding of the sacrament and the role each person plays in the liturgical celebration.
The Rite of Christian Initiation
Aidan Kavanagh, OSB
After revealing the genesis of the Roman tradition of initiation, Kavanagh moves on to the tensions between traditional practice and the need for change. He stresses the Church's ongoing need to focus ...