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Living Liturgy

Living Liturgy

Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year B (2021)
Katy Beedle Rice, Orin E. Johnson, and Verna Holyhead, SGS

ISBN: 9780814664636, 6463
Details: 320 pgs , 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 5/8
Publication Date: 07/15/2020


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Living Liturgy™ is your comprehensive go-to guide for preparing Sunday liturgy. This 2021 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 Fr. Ruberval Monteiro da Silva 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
  • Connecting the Gospel
  • Connecting the Responsorial Psalm
  • About Liturgy
  • About Liturgical Music
  • 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:

  • How to use this resource guide
  • 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:

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

Orin Johnson has been director of music ministries at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish in St. Charles, Missouri, since 2012. There, he directs a children's choir, a contemporary ensemble, a funeral choir, and a team of cantors, and supervises two other choirs and liturgical ministries at a K-8 parochial school. He was also coordinator of music and liturgy at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, from 1998 to 2012. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife, Erin, and pet dog, Gracie.

Verna Holyhead, SGS (1933-2011), Australian Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St. Benedict, wrote with an emphasis on biblical scholarship, liturgical insight, and pastoral challenge. She is the author of the three-volume collection Welcoming the Word in Year A, B, and C, published by Liturgical Press. Drawing from the wisdom of the community, her gospel reflections are included in this volume.

John R. Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. He is the author of Life in Abundance: Studies of John's Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown, S.S., and Hearing the Word of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, published by Liturgical Press.

Amy Ekeh is the director of Little Rock Scripture Study. She is an instructor in the Catholic Biblical School in the Archdiocese of Hartford, where she also facilitates retreats and missions. She is the author of Advent, Season of Divine Encounter; Lent, Season of Transformation; and Finding Peace, Letting Go of Stress and Worry. Visit her blog at

Brother Dennis Gunn, CFC, PhD, has served as a teacher in K-12 education in various Catholic schools throughout the United States and South America. He is currently assistant professor in the Education Department at Iona College, New Rochelle, New York. He is the author of Educating for Civic Dialogue in an Age of Uncivil Discourse, published by Routledge.

John W. Martens, PhD, is professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas and director of the master of arts in theology program at St. Paul Seminary, School of Divinity, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of three volumes of The Word on the Street: Sunday Lectionary Reflections, published by Liturgical Press, and Paul, Pastoring God's People in the Little Rock Scripture Study Alive in the Word series.

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