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Living Liturgy

Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year A (2020)
Brian Schmisek, Diana Macalintal, and Katy Beedle Rice

ISBN: 9780814644218, 4421
Details: 320 pgs , 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 5/8
Publication Date: 07/25/2019


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Living Liturgy™ is your comprehensive go-to guide for preparing Sunday liturgy. This 2020 edition provides completely new content from an engaging team of expert authors, What you get is practical, sound, and inspiring preparation for your parish ministry.

This best-selling annual resource is ideal for parish ministers, liturgists, pastors, planning committees, and RCIA programs. It offers the week's Sunday readings, plus insightful reflections and background for parish ministers of all types. Engaging new art by three remarkable artists complements the text. Written completely fresh each liturgical year, Living Liturgy™ gives your team members the spiritual preparation they need to become true ministers of the liturgy.

Living Liturgy™ integrates daily living, prayer, and study in one inviting and easy-to-use resource. It is an indispensable guide that deepens and strengthens the worship experience for the whole parish. It includes featured liturgical texts, supports for ministry, and utility features. Consider it an essential resource for connecting the liturgy to leadership so that celebrating the liturgy and living a liturgical spirituality become the focus of each ministry.

Featured Liturgical Texts:

  • Collect
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Gospel
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • First Reading
  • Second Reading

Supports for Ministry:

  • Reflecting on the Gospel
  • Living the Paschal Mystery
  • Connecting the Gospel
  • Connecting the Responsorial Psalm
  • About Liturgy
  • About Liturgical Music
  • About Liturgy
  • About Liturgical Music
  • About Initiation
  • Prompts for Faith-Sharing
  • Model Penitential Act
  • Homily Points
  • Model Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful)
  • Engaging art drawn from the gospel message

Utility features:

  • Pronunciation guide
  • Calendar-dated
  • Perfect-bound
  • Readings in sense lines

This book is one book of a four book comprehensive guide for your parish. The complementary books include:

Brian Schmisek is the provost and dean of faculties for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He most recently served as professor and dean of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to coming to Chicago in 2012, he was the founding dean of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. His published works include The Rome of Peter and Paul: A Pilgrim's Handbook to New Testament Sites in the Eternal City (Pickwick), Ancient Faith for the Modern World: A Brief Guide to the Apostles' Creed (ACTA), Resurrection of the Flesh or Resurrection from the Dead: Implications for Theology (Liturgical Press), many other books coauthored for biblical study, and articles.

Diana Macalintal has served as a liturgist, musician, author, speaker, and composer for the last twenty-five years, and her work can be found in Give Us This Day and many other publications. She is the author of The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace; Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing: Couples and Communities Called to Conversion Together; and Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community (Liturgical Press). Macalintal is a cofounder of with her husband, Nick Wagner.

Katy Beedle Rice is a catechist and writer who lives with her husband and three children in Boise, Idaho. She is a formation leader for the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, training catechists who work with children ages three through six. Rice is also a contributing preacher for the Dominican Podcast theWord (, writes for Celebration Publications, a division of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company, and blogs about motherhood, ministry, and the Eucharist at

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Living Liturgy can help guide even a novice liturgical musician through the rubrics and many liturgical details of the Presentation of the Lord, as well as every Sunday and Solemnity of the liturgical year.
Pastoral Music

I keep Living Liturgy on my desk at the parish almost all of the time. It has become invaluable in my liturgy planning process. I also use this resource for lectio divina, both personally and to begin parish meetings.
Marc Stockert, Pastoral Associate, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Ramsey, MN

The three authors of this resource have provided fresh insights for each Sunday's liturgy, as well as holy days, Paschal Triduum, Thanksgiving Day, and other occasions. Taking just a little time to focus on their insights and suggestions, you can easily make the material your own, giving you a stronger sense of confidence as these liturgies unfold. Living Liturgy integrates daily living, prayer, and study in one easy-to-use resource.
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