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Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People

Liturgical Foundations of Christian Spirituality
Bob Hurd, Foreword by Michael Downey

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ISBN: 9780814684627, 8462
Details: 256 pgs , 6 x 9 x 1/2
Publication Date: 03/25/2019

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Spirituality is a motion, a responsive movement of heart, mind, and spirit to the life of God moving within us. Starting from his Roman Catholic roots but working ecumenically, Bob Hurd explores this notion of spirituality in two parts. Part 1 places it in the theological framework of Creation-Grace-Incarnation, concluding that its specific form is participation in Christ's self-emptying love of God, humankind, and creation. Part 2 investigates this kenotic spirituality liturgically, exploring how it comes to expression in the ritual stages of Gathering, Word, Eucharistic Prayer, Communion, and Sending. Comparing and contrasting each stage with corresponding patterns in various Protestant traditions, Hurd lays out the possibility of a spirituality common to Christians of various confessions.

Well known for his liturgical music, Bob Hurd has also served as a teacher and liturgist in various pastoral and academic settings. He currently teaches in Seattle University's Graduate Program in Theology and Ministry. His widely used liturgical music, published by Oregon Catholic Press, is featured in numerous hymnals in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His articles have appeared in journals and books, including Worship, Catechumenate, Pastoral Music, The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, and The Heart of Our Music.

"There is much to savor here by those who lead liturgies and those who participate in them. A reverent and insightful evocation of Mystery in liturgy."
Spirituality & Practice

"I have read other books on the topic of Eucharist and living a just life by some very fine authors. Bob Hurd's book is outstanding in its category. It is well-written, interesting, organized, clear, ecumenically-focused, theologically-rich, and liturgically-challenging. Hurd offers fresh insights on familiar topics, moving easily from poets, playwrights, theologians, and spiritual writers. His treatment of Louis-Marie Chauvet makes this contemporary theologian comprehensible and accessible to the average reader. Coming from a person who has spent a lifetime composing texts and music for worship, this book is clearly the fruit of study, personal prayer, and liturgical celebrating. I hope to adopt it for a graduate course next semester and encourage professors of liturgy and sacraments to give it a close look. Very highly recommended!"
Judith M. Kubicki, CSSF, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University

"Deeply grounded in Scripture and demonstrating deft command of insights provided by Karl Rahner and Louis-Marie Chauvet, Bob Hurd's Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People articulates a Christian spirituality, that, nourished by liturgical practice, moves with the spirit of God moving within us. Hurd's account of liturgy ties the love that moves Dante's stars with the love that God summons us to practice in the human village."
Timothy Brunk, Associate Professor of Theology, Villanova University

"You have enjoyed singing Bob Hurd's liturgical music. Here is your opportunity to enter the fruitful mind of this faithful Christian. You will explore not only the workings of worship, but also the God whom worship encounters. Hurd's book will help you appreciate why his music so powerfully draws you into Christian prayer."
Fr. Paul Turner, Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, Missouri

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