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Living Liturgy for Music Ministers

Year C (2019)
Brian Schmisek, Diana Macalintal, and Katy Beedle Rice

ISBN: 9780814645246, 4524
Details: 216 pgs , 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 07/19/2018


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Inspire music ministers to lead the assembly more effectively in the Liturgy of the Word with Living Liturgy for Music Ministers. Fresh content and a new team of contributors offer music ministers the spiritual preparation they need to be confident, strong leaders of sung prayer. The Liturgy of the Word, and particularly the psalm, will come alive in new ways for those involved in music ministry and the entire worshiping assembly. It is the perfect support tool for your parish music ministry.

Living Liturgy for Music Ministersbegins with the First Sunday of Advent 2018 and includes the following:

  • Readings and responsorial psalm for every Sunday
  • Readings and responsorial psalm for Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil Mass, and holy days of obligation
  • Reflection on the day's gospel reading
  • Connecting the Responsorial Psalm to the Readings
  • Suggestions for psalmist's spiritual preparation and prayers
  • "How-to" guide for using this book

Brian Schmisek is 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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I purchased copies of Living Liturgy for Music Ministers for all our parish musicians and they love it! I also purchased copies of the version containing spirituality and catechesis for our pastor, deacons, DRE, and myself. I feel that the addition of this resource has completely changed our liturgies and our parish for the better.
Anthony Gallina, Music and Liturgy Director, St. Wendelin Parish, Fostoria, OH

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

This is a well-deserved update that I will find helpful in beginning homily and liturgy preparation each week, and I highly recommend that it be added to the pastoral team's materials for the Eucharist.