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Understanding the Sacraments

Understanding the Sacraments

A Guide for Prayer and Study Fr. Peter Stravinskas Understanding the Sacraments is a popular guide for prayer and study of all seven sacraments, designed for use by individuals and groups. In this guide, the well-known Fr. Peter Stravinskas, gives you a clear and faithful Catholic teaching in chapters on each of the seven sacraments. Everyday examples and anecdotes enliven the text. An introductory chapter explains the meaning of the word "sacrament", while the closing chapter tells you how to recover a sense of the sacred in the liturgy and how to receive God's healing through the sacraments. To help you apply the teaching, frank and thoughtful questions for group discussion are included at the end of all the chapters-making this guide ideal for use in any parish or religious education program. Whether at home, your parish, or in a prayer or study group, this popular guide will help you come to a deeper understanding of the sacraments and their important place in your Christian life. Sewn Softcover


Word, Church and Sacrament

Word, Church and Sacrament

' The Word, Church and Sacraments in Protestantism and Catholicism is a theological classic. It seeks to foster unity and deeper understanding among Christians by comparing the Catholic and Protestant views of Scripture, Church authority, and the Sacraments. Bouyer, one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century and a convert from Protestantism, contributed significantly to the movement out of which came the Second Vatican Council's efforts to promote Christian unity. In The Word, Church and Sacraments , he shows how Catholic teaching is often misunderstood by Catholics and Protestants alike, and how this teaching is fundamentally compatible with key positive elements of Reformation thought. He also examines the main points of disagreement between Catholicism and Protestantism, and demonstrates how Catholicism, properly understood, maintains the theological balance necessary to uphold some of the main truths on which Catholics and Protestants agree.''


The Cross: Word and Sacrament

The Cross: Word and Sacrament

Adrienne von Speyr A profound contemplation of the Seven Last Words of Our Lord on the Cross with specific application to the Seven Sacraments instituted by Christ. Sewn Softcover


Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite, 2nd Edition

Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite, 2nd Edition

Msgr. Peter J. Elliott At last, a complete ceremonial manual for the celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. Faithful to the renewal of worship authorized by the Second Vatican Council, Ceremonies combines precise guidance to these rites with a pastoral and spiritual approach. A high ideal of noble Catholic worship is consistently maintained, respecting the "continuity of our tradition". Ceremonies sets out the liturgical duties of bishops, priests and deacons, acolytes and servers, lectors and eucharistic ministers etc., hence it is invaluable for clergy and seminarians and all who teach or study the liturgy. Ceremonies includes a wide range of guidance on such useful themes as: vessels and vestments, how to carry out ceremonial actions, the deacon, ministering the Eucharist to the sick, children's liturgy, Eucharistic adoration, Eucharistic processions, celebrating vespers in a parish, eucharistic ministries and the laity, the location of the tabernacle, etc. However, Ceremonies is primarily a book to be used; a practical manual for clergy, MC's, sacristans, liturgical committees and all planning worship in parishes. "Ceremonies is a timely work. It corrects mistaken interpretations with precise guidance and reasoned arguments. It also provides rapid access to official sources." -Msgr. Peter Elliott Msgr. Peter J. Elliott , a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, works in the Vatican. Therefore, Ceremonies includes references to current practices in Rome, and provides practical solutions to problems with useful references to liturgical traditions and customs in various countries. Sewn Softcover


First Communion

First Communion

Mischievous boys, who mistakenly believe that a pirate's treasure is hidden somehow in the village church, learn from an orphan girl that the greatest treasure is in the tabernacle. They discover that Jesus is in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for our prayers and looking for us in Holy Communion. Jesus appears to the children, which provides the motivation for the boys to prepare for First Communion.


Celebrating the Holy Eucharist

Celebrating the Holy Eucharist

Cardinal Arinze, the greatly esteemed African churchman and head of the Vatican congregation for worhsip and sacraments, elucidates the Church's faith in the Eucharist as the high point of her public worship and the source and summit of Christian life. 'In Celebrating the Holy Eucharist , Cardinal Arinze emphasizes that the priest is ordained, first and foremost, to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass and other liturgical rites. The priest "finds himself at the hightest moment of his vocation when 'in persona Christi' he celebrates the Eucharistic Sacrifice." 'The laity also finds in the Mass "the fount and apex of their entire Christian lives." The Eucharist gives "life, meaning and direction" to all of their works and actions. Cardinal Arinze shows how the Eucharistic celebration sends the lay faithful out into the world to spread the gospel, giving special mention to the role of the family in the work of evangelization. 'The Cardinal also discusses in this book the changes in the Mass and other liturgical rites that have taken place during the last forty years. The responsibilities of the diocesan Bishop, the celebrating priest, and the assisting assembly are examined in depth.


A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist

A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist

Written to give lay Catholics a better understanding of the Eucharist, this book is recognized as a modern spiritual classic. In remarkably clear and straightforward language, it takes the reader step-by-step into the deepest mysteries of the Eucharist"a religiously exhilarating journey into the heart of the Christian faith. ''"Profound insights- I recommend this excellent book to all Catholics who desire a better understanding of the Mass." "Father Kenneth Baker, S.J., 'Editor, Homiletic & Pastoral Review '"This is a beautiful book-one of the great treasures of the Catholic renewal'of the last century." '- Christoph Cardinal Schönborn ' '"'One could wish most earnestly that every Catholic-and every Protestant for that'matter-would read Abbot Vonier's book. Both the mystery and the richness of the'Eucharist are here: but the book is splendidly readable-no small achievement." '- Thomas Howard ' "Stephen Langton, the 13th-century Archbishop of Canterbury, famously' said, 'If you wish to learn, five things are necessary: purity of life, simplicity' of heart, an attentive mind, a humble disposition, and a gentle spirit.' Abbot' Vonier's book on the Eucharist exemplifies the beauty and radiance of all five' of these virtues. Not since St. Thomas Aquinas's treatment of this sacrament' in the Tertia Pars of his Summa Theologiae has there been a more lucid and' serene presentation of the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist than this' book. It should be required reading in every course in sacramental theology' in every Catholic seminary and college in the nation." ' - Edward T. Oakes, S.J . ' " A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist is one of the few classics in' Catholic theology composed in English... This book, remarkable for its balance,' depth, and accessibility, should never be out of print." ' - Avery Cardinal Dulles '


Our Splendid Eucharist

Our Splendid Eucharist

Our Splendid Eucharist is not a theological treatment of the subject, but a series of profound reflections, in simple language, on the rich teaching and beliefs of our Eucharistic heritage. ' The approach throughout is meditative rather than speculative, and is designed to bring to bear the best of Christian tradition on Eucharist spirituality, and to enable the ordinary layman to deepen in their hearts what they already know and believe. '


God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life

God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life

'The Second Vatican Council says, “We ought to try to discover a new reverence for the Eucharistic mystery. Something is happening that is greater than anything we can do. The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is the font from which all her power flows.? ' This profound statement about the Eucharist stands at the center of this book by Cardinal Ratzinger. He compellingly shows us the biblical, historical, and theological dimensions of the Eucharist. The Cardinal draws far-reaching conclusions, focusing on the importance of one's personal devotion to and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, for the personal reception of Communion by the individual Christian, as well as for the life of the Church. For Ratzinger, any transformation of the world on the social plane grows out of the celebration of the Eucharist. He beautifully illustrates how the omnipotent God comes intimately close to us in the Holy Eucharist, the Heart of Life.' ' “Not only does the Cardinal shed his customary theological light on many subjects, but as he does in other books, he applies his insights very directly to Catholic life and devotion. Coming at this time, this book is part of the effort of many to see the Eucharist restored to the center of Catholic piety and devotion.? "Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. , Author, The Rosary: Chain of Hope ' ' Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger , the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is one of the most renowned Catholic theological and spiritual writers of our times. His numerous books include God and the World , Salt of the Earth , and The Spirit of the Liturgy .'


 

First Communion

Mischievous boys, who mistakenly believe that a pirate's treasure is hidden somehow in the village church, learn from an orphan girl that the greatest treasure is in the tabernacle. They discover that Jesus is in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for our prayers and looking for us in Holy Communion. Jesus appears to the children, which provides the motivation for the boys to prepare for First Communion.


Confirmation - Teacher

Image of God ' 'The teacher's guide helps the catechist direct the students to see the Holy Spirit at work and to respond to His love in all areas of their lives: spiritual intellectual, moral, service to the Church and community, and more.Features: Prayers, definitions, gifts of the Holy Spirit, apologetics, fruits of the Holy Spirit, vocations, Eucharist, Penance, virtues.


Confirmation - Student

Confirmation - Student

Image of God ' 'Through Scripture, the documents of Vatican II, the teachings of Pope John Paul II, and the lives of the saints, candidates for Confirmation are prepared to spread and defend the faith by their words and actions. Activities in the student text include writing articles, conducting interview, researching lives of saints, and expressing the truth of the faith in an informed way.


Confession

Confession

Adrienne von Speyr Hans Urs von Balthasar calls this ooone of her most central works". She discusses the moral and practical aspects of the sacrament in great depth. Some of the many areas covered include conversion, scruples, contrition, spiritual direction, laxity, frequency of confession, the confessions of religious and lay people, even the confessions of saints. One of the most complete spiritual treatises ever written on confession. Sewn Softcover


 

 

 

 

 

 
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