Lay Preaching: State of the Question


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American Essays in Liturgy: A continuing series of short essays designed to present studies by American scholars on current research in liturgy.
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Editorial Reviews

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Sr. Pat Parachini's small volume, rich in research, describes and gives a persuasive rationale for this important unleashing of the Spirit. She is clear, to the point, and fully conversant with this movement's theological, canonical, and pastoral implications. For those who wish to go deeper in their thinking about, and rationale for, lay preaching, there is no better or more thorough resource. Present this small volume as a gift to your Parish Worship Team and Pastoral Staff.
Michael McGarry, CSP, Pastor, Newman Hall, University of California, Berkeley

The question of lay preaching in the church today is complex, multi-faceted, and is a question that is not going to go away soon. In this brief and easy-to-read work, Parachini grounds the issue historically, theologically, canonically, liturgically, and existentially. . . . All concerned about the Ministry of the Word today will find this book a valuable resource.
Joan Delaplane, OP, Aquinas Institute of Theology

This survey yields a clear grasp of our history, present tensions, and future possibilities. Based upon the vision of the Vatican Council and present practices, the author raises a number of very good questions worth investigating. The answers to those questions may provide a foundation for understanding what liturgical preaching is and who should be doing it.
Rev. Robert S. Rivers, CSP, Director of Diocesan and Parish Services, Washington, DC

Lay Preaching presents a cogent and compelling development of lay preaching throughout the historical and Scriptural traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Patricia Parachini believes that preaching flows from our baptismal call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. This concept as well as her development of the place of lay preaching in both liturgical and non-liturgical settings will be of interest to both lay and ordained ministers in our Church today.
Marti Jewell, Chair, National Association for Lay Ministry, Director of the Office of Ministry and Spirituality for the Archdiocese of Louisville

. . . excellent and wide ranging survey. . . It makes a distinct contribution to the growing understanding and theology of lay ministry in the contemporary Church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814625491
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: American Essays in Liturgy Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia A. Parachini, SNJM, DMin, has been involved in the preaching ministry for 18 years as a Professor of Homiletics; a workshop facilitator; and a resource person for liturgical preaching at St. Mary's Seminary and University, the Catholic University of America, Aquinas Summer Preaching Institute, and St. Paul's College.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1 A Historical Survey 9
The Christian Scriptures 10
The Early Church 11
Leo the Great 12
The Middle Ages 13
Lay Preaching Returns 14
The Fourth Lateran Council 16
The Council of Trent 17
The Twentieth Century 17
Lessons from History 18
2 Mapping the Theological Terrain 20
The Laity's Mandate 20
The Mission of the Church 21
Suitability for Preaching 23
Baptism as the Basis for the Mandate to Preach 24
Preaching at Eucharist 26
3 Perspective of the 1983 Code of Canon Law 35
The Ministry of the Divine Word 36
Preaching the Word of God 37
Lay Preaching 38
Liturgical Preaching: The Homily 39
Summary: Lay Preaching in the 1983 Code of Canon Law 44
4 Present Reality, Future Possibilities 46
Lay Preaching Today 46
The Question of Guidelines 49
National Guidelines 50
Diocesan Guidelines 51
Possibilities for the Future 52
Fundamental Questions 53
Conclusion 59
Notes 61
Selected Bibliography 66
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