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Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Preaching Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals
Guerric DeBona, OSB, David Scotchie, and Francis L. Agnoli

ISBN: 978-0-8146-4519-2, 4519
Details: 296 pgs , 6 x 9
Publication Date: 09/15/2018


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Rites of Passage is a much-needed, practical homiletic resource for priests and deacons who preach Christian baptisms, weddings, and funerals. The three authors, a religious priest, a diocesan priest, and a permanent deacon, draw from the scriptural and liturgical resources available to the preacher for these three important ritual moments to suggest ways to build an effective homily. This book will serve as a helpful and engaging resource for priests and deacons in parish life and as a blessing to the faithful.

Father Guerric DeBona, OSB, is a member of Saint Meinrad Archabbey and is professor of homiletics and communication at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He is the author of Between the Ambo and the Altar: Biblical Preaching and The Roman Missal, Year A, B, and C. He is also a contributor to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press, and has published several books and articles on preaching, cultural studies, and religious communication.

Deacon Francis L. Agnoli is Director of Liturgy and Director of Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Davenport.

Rev. David Scotchie is pastor at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Oviedo, Florida.

Even the greatest Sunday preachers don't do their best work at baptisms, wedding and funerals. A busy priest or deacon may lightly doctor an old homily from similar circumstances and reframe it. Rites of Passage does not just challenge such preachers-it helps them. Reading this book will fill you with ideas about the structure of homilies, the meaning of the scriptures, and the personal care you can offer families at moments when they need God's word the most.
Rev. Paul Turner, Author of Light in the Darkness: Preparing Better Catholic Funerals

When the Word of God is proclaimed at Mass it is not only the recalling of what God did many years ago, it is also an event that is happening at the moment amongst that gathered assembly. How critical it is, therefore, for the preacher to be able to help that particular assembly better understand what the Lord is saying and doing in their midst. This treasure of a book is a wonderfully practical and pastoral resource for preachers to draw on, so as to better help their parishioners to encounter the living God.
Fr. John Riccardo, Priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit

Bravo! Given the 2016 Order of Celebrating Matrimony 2nd Edition changes to the 1969 1st Edition, Rites of Passage: Preaching Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals provides a clear guide for new preachers and creative insights for the more experienced among us. Utilizing the proven strategy of connecting the Bible and the Liturgy to create a unique preaching for a particular assembly, this work approaches these rites with a variety of practical lens by which the preacher can create memorable and meaningful encounters with Jesus Christ. A true help for the busy priest or deacon, Rites of Passage will amplify the preacher's ability to deliver impactful homilies that will move people.
Rev. Jeff Nicolas, MDiv, Doctorate in Preaching (Aquinas Institute), Pastor of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Chaplain (Maj) KY Air Guard