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Liturgical Press

Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People

Liturgical Foundations of Christian Spirituality

Bob Hurd; Foreword by Michael Downey

Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People
Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People

ISBN: 9780814684627, 8462

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

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2020 Association of Catholic Publishers first place award, resources for liturgy

2020 Catholic Press Association first place award, liturgy soft cover

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.


"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

“This book is recommended for college and seminary libraries.”
Catholic Library World

"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

"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

“Bob Hurd guides readers through a mediation that incorporates insights from Scripture, systematic theology, liturgy, and the Christian spiritual tradition. Readers with pastoral and academic interests will enjoy engaging this distillation of the author’s liturgically formed spirituality. Pastoral musicians and presiders will appreciate Hurd’s attention to how music and well-chosen words shape spirituality and tune an assembly’s heading to ‘the Word in the readings’ and ‘the Word in the rites.’”
Pastoral Liturgy

"Bob Hurd, best known as a liturgical composer, shines in this text as a liturgical scholar. In a thoughtful and clear manner, he presents liturgical celebration as central for the fullest expression of Christian life."
Rodica M. M. Stoicoiu, Independent Scholar

"Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People feels like a magnum opus: a master practitioner's distillation of a rationale of liturgy as spiritual formation developed over a lifetime. For students and practitioners of liturgy, it is a worthy resource."

"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

“Bob Hurd has found a liturgical niche crying out to be exploited and has done so quite effectively in his impressive book debut demonstrating his sophistication both as a theologian and liturgist.”