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The Ministry of the Assembly

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS

The Ministry of the Assembly
The Ministry of the Assembly

ISBN: 9780814648568, 4856

Details: 80 pgs, 5 3/8 X 8 1/4
Publication Date: 01/19/2016

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Many who come to Sunday Mass or other liturgical celebrations are not one of the formal ministers (presider, greeters, acolytes, lectors, etc.). This book is about helping everyone at liturgy understand that being there and serving one another so that liturgy is fruitful for all is a ministry. This is what we may call the ministry of the assembly.

In some respects the ministry of the assembly is the most important ministry of all because it makes visible the church, the Body of Christ, by its very gathering together as one Body. As liturgical assembly, it makes present the celebration of the paschal mystery and Christ's ongoing mystery of salvation. Being a liturgical assembly is a privilege of our baptismal identity and the first way we live it out. The Ministry of the Assembly is a new book in the Collegeville Ministry series. Its five chapters address the being of the liturgical assembly, what the assembly does during liturgy, why being a liturgical assembly is so important, the configuration of the liturgical assembly in its own place, and a spirituality of the liturgical assembly.

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS, is the director of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio and is an adjunct professor of liturgy, liturgical consultant, and frequent facilitator of workshops. She has published numerous scholarly and pastoral liturgical works. She holds civil and pontifical doctorates of theology.


The Ministry of the Assembly is easy to read, easy to follow, but also loaded with content-rich, practical and evocative content. Sr. Joyce Ann Zimmerman shows her passion to bring the liturgy alive for the folks in the pews and gives plenty of practical advice to help us live that liturgy in our daily lives.
Fr. Dan Merz, pastor and past associate director of the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship

Joyce Ann Zimmerman has provided a long awaited comprehensive presentation of the role of the Assembly. There is an internal dynamism and excitement about the text that draws one deeper and deeper into the topic. The very clarity of the text awakens a renewed appreciation of the role of the assembly and its importance for the future church that clearly knows who she is and what she is doing.
Monsignor Anthony F. Sherman, former Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops