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Preparing Music For Celebration

Heather Reid

Praising and worshiping God with voice and instruments: This is what the liturgical musician's craft is all about. New music is published monthly and new collections and hymnals appear regularly. How can musicians keep up with this flood of new material? Will people sing it? The starting points for dealing with these challenges are knowing music's specific role in liturgical ritual, and recognizing the assembly as the singer of the community's song. In Preparing Music for Celebration, Heather Reid shows how music ministers can help the gathered assembly to participate fully in the celebration. By using the principles found in Preparing Music for Celebration, musicians and preparation teams will find clarity and unity of purpose: great starting points for your assembly's song. Discussion questions and a summary conclude each chapter. Chapters include "Introduction: 'When in Our Music God Is Glorified . . .'" "The Paschal Mystery and Music in Liturgy," "Full, Conscious and Active Participation," "The Sunday Celebration as the Norm for Musical Choices," "When and What to Sing," "Criteria for Choosing Music," and "Practical Considerations."

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Preparing The Liturgical Year: Volume 2

Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas

Corbin Eddy

The paschal mystery is the heart of the liturgical year. Celebrated most intensely during the Easter Triduum, it is also the heartbeat of all the other seasons. How does each season celebrate a particular aspect of this mystery of our dying and rising in Christ? How do we keep this experience the focus of our celebrations all year long? Background to the seasons, practical applications of principles, and ideas for preparing the church makes Preparing the Liturgical Year a productive resource. Preparing the Liturgical Year is designed to help communities review their basic patterns of common worship so that these patterns may be effective in renewing the Church's sense of common history, identity, and mission. Presented in two volumes, the books' sequence and their chapters is designed to help you establish priorities. Volume 1 first examines the paschal mystery, then the two principal celebrations of the year—Sunday and the Paschal Triduum—are studied. Only in light of these two feasts can we reflect on the liturgical seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas as found in Volume 2. Discussion questions and a summary conclude each chapter. Chapters include "The Paschal Mystery," "The Centrality of Sunday," "The Paschal Triduum," "Glory Days," "The Easter Season," "The Advent-Christmas Season," and "A Timeless Event Celebrated in Time."

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Preparing To Serve At The Table

John C. Hibbard

Although knowing what to do is important when assisting the parish in worship, more is needed to be an altar server. In Preparing to Serve at the Table, John Hibbard expresses that a server must also know something about liturgy: what it is, how it unfolds, why it is done that way, and when it happens. He provides this knowledge, as well as basic "how to" information. Preparing to Serve at the Table describes the important contributions of servers in the spirit of prayer and worship. Liturgical knowledge and the graceful performance of a server's tasks is emphasized through a detailed explanation of the basic principles of serving. Why servers should come from a broad cross-section of the parish is also expressed and some recommendations are suggested. With easy-to-understand information and a "how to do it" approach, Preparing to Serve at the Table is a useful tool for beginning and experienced servers, as well as those responsible for their training. Chapters are "General Principles of Liturgy," "General Principles of Serving," "The Ministry of Serving," and "Terminology of Celebration." A bibliography is also included.

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Preparing The Table Of The Word

Normand Bonneau, OMI

How do those preparing for liturgy read the Scriptures contained in the Lectionary? How does the paschal mystery relate to the proclamation of the Scriptures, and how do the Scriptures lead us to the table of the Eucharist? This book helps readers make better sense of what they are proclaiming and provides homilists with insights for their homily preparation and preaching. Normand Bonneau, OMI, is a Professor of New Testament at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.

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Preparing The Liturgical Year: Volume 1

Sunday and the Paschal Triduum

Corbin Eddy

The paschal mystery is the heart of the liturgical year. Celebrated most intensely during the Easter Triduum, it is also the heartbeat of all the other seasons. How does each season celebrate a particular aspect of this mystery of our dying and rising in Christ? How do we keep this experience the focus of our celebrations all year long? Background to the seasons, practical applications of principles, and ideas for preparing the church makes Preparing the Liturgical Year a productive resource. Preparing the Liturgical Year is designed to help communities review their basic patterns of common worship so that these patterns may be effective in renewing the Church's sense of common history, identity, and mission. Presented in two volumes, the books' sequence and their chapters is designed to help you establish priorities. Volume 1 first examines the paschal mystery, then the two principal celebrations of the year—Sunday and the Paschal Triduum—are studied. Only in light of these two feasts can we reflect on the liturgical seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas as found in Volume 2. Discussion questions and a summary conclude each chapter. Chapters include "The Paschal Mystery," "The Centrality of Sunday," "The Paschal Triduum," "Glory Days," "The Easter Season," "The Advent-Christmas Season," and "A Timeless Event Celebrated in Time."

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Preparing To Celebrate With Youth

Marilyn J. Sweet

Intended to raise the standard of excellence for liturgies involving young people, Preparing to Celebrate with Youth helps a ministry team create liturgies that call young people to "full, conscious and active participation," as the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy instructs. Preparing to Celebrate with Youth is a guide for those entrusted with the task of guiding and supporting young people as they accept their roles in the community. It provides information on the principles underlying liturgy planning, lists essentials required to plan liturgies effectively, and discusses practical points necessary to prepare liturgies with comfort and skill. Chapters are "Real Members Just As They Are," "Beware of These Topics," "Full, Conscious, and Active Participation," "Planning and Preparing," and "Essentials." A bibliography is also included for further reading.

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Preparing the Rites of Initiation

Bill Corcoran

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 rites to the life of their communities, and how to help their communities celebrate them well. Bill Corcoran holds a Masters Degree in Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame. He is a presbyter of the Diocese of Calgary, pastor of St. Thomas More Parish and a team member of the North American Forum of the Catechumenate.

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Preparing to Celebrate in Schools

Margaret Bick

Liturgical formation requires work, and the obstacles to good celebration in schools are all too clear: poor environment for liturgy, too many children, "crowd control," and confused expectations. Problems abound when we transplant the liturgy into this new environment. Yet school celebrations can be the source of much joy and spiritual enrichment for all concerned. Preparing to Celebrate in Schools addresses problems at their source. In this way it helps you both to avoid the difficulties in school liturgy and to build toward a strong program of liturgical formation in the school—a program which will lead to full, conscious, and active participation by the students in the liturgical life of the Church. Specific examples of how to apply these principles in schools and develop a long-range plan of action are included. Discussion questions and a summary conclude each chapter. Chapters include "What Are We Celebrating?" "How We Celebrate Is Who We Are," "When Should We Celebrate?" "What's a Great Liturgy Doing in a Place Like This?" "How Can We Keep From Singing?" "The Directory for Masses with Children—Definitely Not the Yellow Pages!" and "Where Do We Go from Here?" Margaret Bick, religious education consultant for the Metropolitan Toronto Roman Catholic Separate School Board, Canada's largest Roman Catholic school board, holds a master's degree in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame. She gives workshops in various areas of liturgy and writes on liturgy for several Canadian publications.

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Preparing The Assembly To Celebrate

Kim Aldi-Wanner

Passive spectators or active participants? Subject of the liturgical action or object of planners' manipulation? There's no magic recipe, but this book offers fundamental principles and a host of tips born of successful pastoral experience to enable assemblies to celebrate well. Kim Aldi-Wanner holds a Masters degree in Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame. She is the coordinator of the Lay Ministries Program for Newman Theological College, Edmonton.

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Preparing The Environment For Worship

David McNorgan

In Preparing the Environment for Worship, David McNorgan explains that when we pray at liturgy we do so with our entire bodies. Therefore, the preparation of the environment—everything that we might hear, see, smell, taste, and touch—becomes an important part of the celebration. Preparing the Environment for Worship examines different aspects of preparation and discusses the concerns surrounding them. It offers reflections and suggestions to aid in the art of preparing the environment. The full expression of the liturgy's symbols and the active participation of the assembly is the goal of good preparation. Rituals, and the traditions that have fostered them, are included in the discussion. Chapters are "Environment and Ritual," "Transitional Space," "The Baptismal Environment," "Dealing with Space," "Focal Points," "The Things of the Liturgy," and "Embodying the Paschal Mystery."

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