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The Liturgical Year

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany (vol. 1)

Adrien Nocent, OSBIntroduced, Emended, and Annotated by Paul Turner

When Adrien Nocent's The Liturgical Year was published in the 1970s, it was the very first comprehensive commentary on the three-year lectionary in relation to the Sacramentary/Missal as these were revised following the Second Vatican Council. Expressed on nearly every page was Nocent's conviction that the liturgy and the Word of God proclaimed within it have something important to say to real people of every culture and time. He constantly returns to the question: What does this passage have to say to us today? Now this extraordinary work of applied, postconciliar liturgical scholarship has been revised and annotated by one of today's top liturgical scholars. Paul Turner has provided many helpful explanatory notes on history, culture, language, and, of course, liturgy. He has also updated the liturgical texts to conform to The Roman Missal, Third Edition. The result is a resource that promises to enrich and inspire a new generation of presiders, preachers, liturgy planners, and students.In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II's Sacrosanctum Concilium, encounter the vibrant scholarship and pastoral wisdom of Adrien Nocent's The Liturgical Year again or for the first time!Volume 1 covers the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.Adrien Nocent, OSB (1913-1996), was a Belgian monk and professor at the Pontifical Atheneum of Saint Anselm in Rome. He served as a consultor for the Consilium for the Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, working especially on the revision of Holy Week and of the Lectionary for Mass.Paul Turner is pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of many books on liturgy, including Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass; Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal; and When Other Christians Become Catholic, all from Liturgical Press. He is a former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and is a member of Societas Liturgica and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He serves as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

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Seasons of the Spirit

Reflections on Finding God in Daily Life

E. Jane Rutter

Move your prayer life to a deeper level with these faith-filled, inspiring reflections. In Seasons of the Spirit, Jane Rutter guides you gently through the rhythms of the church's liturgical seasons including Advent, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time. She finds the "God moment" in the actions of daily life: a sports event, taking a walk, fixing cars, waiting in traffic jams, shopping, or canning salsa. Her conversational style reminds you of sharing a cup of coffee at a friend's kitchen table.Lifelong Catholics and new seekers alike will be touched by the simple beauty in these stories. Find a sense of peace from spending a few moments each day with this book as your prayer guide. You will discover anew the wonder of creation and refresh your spirit.E. Jane Rutter is Senior Campaign Manager at The Steier Group, a national fundraising and development firm. A Spanish speaker, she grew up in South America and is a former board member of the International Catholic Stewardship Council. She and her husband David have three children, a granddaughter, and are active in their parish of Sacred Heart.

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Rejoicing with the Prophets

Marci Alborghetti

For Christians, Advent is a time of joyous expectation, and none among God's people had a more fervent anticipation of the Messiah than the prophets. This series of daily reflections will explore how the prophets predicted and described Christ's coming and his impact on the world then and today in ways that will be meaningful for readers as they anticipate Christmas. Each reflection in Rejoicing with the Prophets includes a brief Scripture quote and prayer designed for those who wish to experience a more spiritual and deeply relevant Advent and Christmas season.Marci Alborghetti is the author of 18 books published internationally. Her most recent titles include The Miracle of the Myrrh and The Christmas Glass. She and her husband, Charlie Duffy, divide their time between New London, Connecticut, and Oakland, California, where they are members of an African American Catholic Church, Saint Columba. She is also a contributor to Daily Guideposts.

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ's Mass

Marci Alborghetti

Advent is a frantic time for most people. It is so easy to get caught up with the trappings and traditions of Christmas, that we forget or give short shrift to the deeply spiritual and celebratory origin of this season. This series of daily reflections will make good use of these "trappings and traditions" by tracing their original connections-and how they became associated-with Christ's birth, showing us how to bring a deeper faith-filled meaning to seemingly secular Christmas customs. These daily reflections will truly bring readers a little bit of Christmas to every part of Christmas in their lives.Marci Alborghetti is the author of 18 books published internationally. Her most recent titles include The Miracle of the Myrrh and The Christmas Glass. She and her husband, Charlie Duffy, divide their time between New London, Connecticut, and Oakland, California, where they are members of an African American Catholic Church, Saint Columba. She is also a contributor to Daily Guideposts.

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The Feast of Christmas

Joseph F. Kelly

Many Christians struggle to balance the religious and secular elements of Christmas, but the history of the feast shows that this is nothing new. The religious Christmas has changed over the centuries and, contrary to many critics, is thriving today. This brief, accessible account will explain that: The first Christians did not celebrate Christmas at all. The earliest mention of the feast occurs in the fourth century. In the Middle Ages Christmas moved into northern Europe where it became a major winter festival, competing with the pagan Yule. During the sixteenth century some Christians objected to Christmas because they claimed it had no biblical foundation. In England and New England the Puritans made it a crime to celebrate it! The modern secular Christmas arose in the nineteenth century, but the religious Christmas continued to grow in popularity and meshed well with the developing emphasis on Christmas as a day for family and friends. In today’s world rampant consumerism threatens the religious Christmas, but it continues not only to survive but to flourish, taking on new life and new forms. By tracing these and other aspects of the religious celebration of Christmas through the centuries, Joseph F. Kelly does much more than provide us with interesting facts. He reassures us that though the religious Christmas may not be in its traditional form, it is indeed alive and well—and has a bright and promising future. Joseph F. Kelly, PhD, is professor of religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is author of The Origins of Christmas, An Introduction to the New Testament for Catholics, The Collegeville Church History Timeline, The Birth of Jesus According to the Gospels, and The Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church, all published by Liturgical Press.

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A Time of Fulfillment

Spiritual Reflections for Advent and Christmas

Anselm Grün, OSB

Allow the mystery of Advent and Christmas to touch and transform you. In A Time of Fulfillment: Spiritual Reflections for Advent and Christmas, Anselm Grün brings fresh meaning to the traditional texts of the season and encourages you to experience the deep peace promised by this holy time of year.Starting with the ancient images of the "O" antiphons, you will rediscover in Advent the profound joy of waiting for Christ's coming. Continuing with the Scriptures of Christmas, you will find new meaning in the mystery of the incarnation.Make your celebration of Advent and Christmas a powerful time of growth and healing. The simple meditations and spiritual exercises in A Time of Fulfillment will help you remember the closeness of Christ in your heart and renew your faith.Anselm Grün, OSB, is a monk of the Benedictine abbey of Münsterschwarzach, Germany, where he has been cellarer since 1977. He is the author of many books, lectures, and courses on themes of spiritual life.

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The Origins of Christmas

Revised Edition

Joseph F. Kelly

When was Christmas first celebrated? How did December 25 become the date for the feast? How did the Bible's "magi from the East" become three kings named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar who rode camels from three different continents to worship the newborn Christ? How did the Feast of the Nativity generate an entire liturgical season from Advent to Candlemas? Why did medieval and Renaissance artists portray Joseph as an old man? When did the first Christmas music appear? And who was the real Saint Nicholas?These and many other questions are answered in this revised and expanded edition of The Origins of Christmas. The story of the origins of Christmas is not well known, but it is a fascinating tale. It begins when the first Christians had little interest in Christ's Nativity, and it finishes when Christmas had become an integral part of Christian life and Western culture.The Origins of Christmas covers a variety of topics in a concise and accessible style, and is suitable for group discussions.Joseph F. Kelly, PhD, chair of the department of theology and religious studies at John Carroll University, is active in adult religious education in the Greater Cleveland area. The World of the Early Christians, The Problem of Evil in the Western Tradition, and History and Heresy are among his nine previous books published by Liturgical Press.

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Living Liturgy

Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year B (2018)

Brian Schmisek, Diana Macalintal, and Jay Cormier

Living Liturgy™ is your comprehensive go-to guide for preparing Sunday liturgy. The 2018 edition provides completely new content by a fresh 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 three remarkable artists 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 to 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 Living the Paschal Mystery Focusing the Gospel, First Reading, Responsorial Psalm, Second Reading About Liturgy About Liturgical Music About Liturgy About Liturgical Music About Initiation " Prompts for Homilists, Catechists, and RCIA TeamsModel 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 guidePronunciation guide Calendar-dated Perfect-bound Readings in sense lines 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 Ancient Faith for the Modern World: A Brief Guide to the Apostles' Creed (ACTA), A Greek Reader for Chase & Phillips (Wipf & Stock), Resurrection of the Flesh or Resurrection from the Dead: Implications for Theology (Liturgical Press), and other works.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 Eucharist Catechist's Guide (Saint Mary's Press), as well as The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace and Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing: Couples and Communities Called to Conversion Together (Liturgical Press). Macalintal is a cofounder of TeamRCIA.com with her husband, Nick Wagner.Jay Cormier is the deacon and editor of Connections, a monthly newsletter for homilists and preachers. He is an adjunct professor of humanities and communications at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and leads preaching and liturgy workshops for clergy and laity. Cormier has contributed to America, U.S. Catholic, Worship, and Give Us This Day; and is the author of The Deacon's Ministry of the Word and previous editions of Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas and Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent (Liturgical Press).

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Living Liturgy for Music Ministers

Year B (2018)

Brian Schmisek, Diana Macalintal, and Jay Cormier

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 2017 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 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 Ancient Faith for the Modern World: A Brief Guide to the Apostles' Creed (ACTA), A Greek Reader for Chase & Phillips (Wipf & Stock), 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 Eucharist Catechist's Guide (Saint Mary's Press), as well as The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace and Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing: Couples and Communities Called to Conversion Together (Liturgical Press). Macalintal is a cofounder of TeamRCIA.com with her husband, Nick Wagner.Jay Cormier is a deacon and editor of Connections, a monthly newsletter for homilists and preachers. He is an adjunct professor of humanities and communications at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and leads preaching and liturgy workshops for clergy and laity. Cormier has contributed to America, U.S. Catholic, Worship, and Give Us This Day; and is the author of The Deacon's Ministry of the Word and previous editions of Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas and Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent (Liturgical Press).

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Waiting in Joyful Hope

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2017-18

Mary DeTurris Poust

Prepare spiritually for the coming of Christ with this popular, easy-to-use annual guide. During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, this book offers brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way. Through Mary DeTurris Poust's insightful reflections on Scripture readings from the daily Mass, readers will grow in their understanding of the word of God. This book will help busy people achieve their goal of enriching their personal prayer life during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.Mary DeTurris Poust is director of communications for the Diocese of Albany, New York, a retreat leader, and the author of numerous books, including Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent 2016. She writes about the spiritual journey on her blog, Not Strictly Spiritual, and in her monthly column, Life Lines. Visit her website at www.NotStrictlySpiritual.com.

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Living Liturgy for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Year A (2017)

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS; Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN; and John W. Tonkin

Nourish your Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion so they can help nourish others. Living Liturgy™ for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is rich fare that will feed the spirits of those who minister at the Lord's table. By focusing on the Sunday gospels and the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion's own personal reflection, this powerful preparation process provides everything your Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion need to serve reverently and prayerfully in their crucial role. Every Sunday of the liturgical year is included, and your ministers can prepare on their own or with others using the easy-to-follow structure. Living Liturgy™ for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion begins with the First Sunday of Advent 2016 and includes the following: Sunday-by-Sunday gospels Personal reflections for Communion ministers A brief theology of the ministry A separate insert card with the rite for Administration of Communion to the Sick by a Special Minister Page for inscription of the minister's name and church 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.Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, is a noted liturgical theologian and musician, author and composer, presenter and teacher. She holds a graduate degree in music and a doctorate in theology.John W. Tonkin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who was ordained in 2005. He is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in McCartyville, Ohio, has served on a number of archdiocesan and other boards and committees, and is a member of his local ministerial league. He has pursued graduate studies in Sacred Scripture.

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Living Liturgy for Cantors

Year A (2017)

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS; Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN; and John W. Tonkin

Living Liturgy™ for Cantors is a spiritual resource for cantors, designed to help them perform their ministry with more meaning and beauty. Offering thoughtful exploration of the meaning of the text and suggestions for spiritual preparation, it helps cantors gain insight into how the responsorial psalm is connected to the readings of the day and their daily lives. In making these connections, cantors are able to sing the psalm with greater understanding and lead the assembly more effectively in the Liturgy of the Word. Living Liturgy™ for Cantors begins with the First Sunday of Advent 2016 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 connecting the psalm to the readings of the day Suggestion for psalmist's spiritual preparation "How-to" guide for using this book 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.Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, is a noted liturgical theologian and musician, author and composer, presenter and teacher. She holds a graduate degree in music and a doctorate in theology.John W. Tonkin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who was ordained in 2005. He is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in McCartyville, Ohio, has served on a number of archdiocesan and other boards and committees, and is a member of his local ministerial league. He has pursued graduate studies in Sacred Scripture.

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Living Liturgy for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Year B (2018)

Brian Schmisek, Diana Macalintal, and Jay Cormier

This concise, easy-to-use resource from a team of fresh new voices provides spiritual nourishment and encouragement to help extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion prepare for their role during liturgy or visits to the sick and homebound. By focusing on the Sunday gospels and the Communion minister's own personal reflection, this indispensable aid helps those involved to reverently and prayerfully prepare and carry out their ministry.Living Liturgy™ for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion begins with the First Sunday of Advent 2017 and includes the following: Sunday-by-Sunday gospels Personal reflections for Communion ministers A brief theology of the ministry A separate insert card with the rite for Administration of Communion to the Sick by a Special Minister Page for inscription of the minister's name and church 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 Ancient Faith for the Modern World: A Brief Guide to the Apostles' Creed (ACTA), A Greek Reader for Chase & Phillips (Wipf & Stock), 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 Eucharist Catechist's Guide (Saint Mary's Press), as well as The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace and Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing: Couples and Communities Called to Conversion Together (Liturgical Press). Macalintal is a cofounder of TeamRCIA.com with her husband, Nick Wagner.Jay Cormier is a deacon and editor of Connections, a monthly newsletter for homilists and preachers. He is an adjunct professor of humanities and communications at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and leads preaching and liturgy workshops for clergy and laity. Cormier has contributed to America, U.S. Catholic, Worship, and Give Us This Day; and is the author of The Deacon's Ministry of the Word and previous editions of Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas and Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent (Liturgical Press).

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Living Liturgy

Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year A (2017)

Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS; Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN; and John W. Tonkin

Living Liturgy™ is the indispensable resource that supports parish ministers of all types in preparing well for the celebration of Mass for Sundays, solemnities, and select other days, so that celebrating the liturgy and living a liturgical spirituality go hand-in-hand. Written by a pastorally experienced team with expertise in Scripture, spiritual direction, liturgy, and liturgical music, Living Liturgy™ integrates daily living, prayer and study. Featured Liturgical Texts: Collect Gospel Acclamation Gospel Responsorial Psalm First Reading Second Reading Supports for Ministry: Reflecting on the Gospel Living the Paschal Mystery Focusing the Gospel Connecting the Gospel Connecting the Responsorial Psalm About Liturgy About Liturgical Music Reflections for various ministers and groups Model Penitential Act Homily Points Model Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful) Clip art drawn from the Gospel message Anyone involved with liturgical planning and preparation will benefit from this comprehensive resource, including pastoral ministers, liturgy directors, musicians, and liturgy committee members. Living Liturgy™ also assists those who serve the community in the visible liturgical ministries—presiders, deacons, music ministers, hospitality ministers, altar ministers, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion—because it clearly shows that each ministry deserves not only practical preparation but, even more important, spiritual preparation. Catechumens, candidates, and sponsors use Living Liturgy™ to support and deepen their liturgical journey within the RCIA. Members of faith-sharing groups use this resource as the focus of weekly prayer and reflection. Parents and teachers will find that Living Liturgy™ can be simplified and shared with younger members of the liturgical community. Utility features: Pronunciation guide Calendar-dated Perfect-bound Readings in sense lines Index of liturgical topics 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. Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, is a noted liturgical theologian and musician, author and composer, presenter and teacher. She holds a graduate degree in music and a doctorate in theology. John W. Tonkin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who was ordained in 2005. He is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in McCartyville, Ohio, has served on a number of Archdiocesan and other boards and committees, and is a member of his local ministerial league. He has pursued graduate studies in Sacred Scripture.

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The Rule of Benedict

An Invitation to the Christian Life

Georg Holzherr, OSB; Translated by Mark Thamert, OSB

In his introduction to this commentary on the Rule of Benedict, Abbot Georg Holzherr offers this analogy: "The Rule is comparable to an old heavy red wine that is enjoyed in small sips. . . . Head and heart, soul and mind should taste the words of the Rule, just as the eye enjoys the color of the wine while tongue, nose, and mouth take in the delightful gift of God each in their own way." In this new translation, based on the completely revised seventh edition of Die Benediktsregel, Holzherr has created a profoundly rich commentary using up-to-date research methods and the latest translations of ancient monastic texts. At the same time, this commentary is meant not only for experts in the field of ancient monasticism but also for all lay and monastic readers interested in delving into the teachings and spirituality of Saint Benedict and his spiritual predecessors in the East and in the West.This edition also features a completely revised and expanded introduction and commentary. New research in the field of early monasticism is offered, including new insights into the monastic life of women. Finally, the updated bibliography and a detailed index are valuable tools for anyone wanting to explore the extraordinary world of Saint Benedict.Georg Holzherr, OSB, entered monastic life at the Abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland in 1949. Upon completing studies in Einsiedeln and Rome, he received the Dr. jur. can. and began teaching at the Theologische Schule Einsiedeln in 1957. He was elected abbot of Einsiedeln Abbey in 1969. Holzherr is recognized as one of today's leading experts on the Rule of Saint Benedict and its sources, spirituality, and applicability to everyday life.Mark Thamert, OSB, was a monk of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. Since receiving his PhD in Germanic languages and literatures from Princeton University in 1985, Thamert taught all levels of German in the Language and Cultures Department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Fr. Mark died at the age of 66 in April, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

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