Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass

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Those who use Mass guides and liturgical books as they participate in the liturgy find on almost every page directives on how the liturgy is to be ministered by the priest, deacon, and other ministers and how the assembly is to participate. These rubrics traditionally are printed in red so as to contrast with the liturgical texts.

Let Us Pray gives helpful explanations for the principal rubrics for a typical Sunday Mass. Paul Turner reflects on the place of ritual within the context of Catholic piety and then explores the regulations governing the furnishings, vestments, and ministers of the Mass. He walks us through the entire Mass from the entrance procession to the dismissal. Amply documented, Let Us Pray allows the reader to understand the regulations. It is cross-referenced to answer most questions about the Sunday ritual.

If you are wondering about rubrics concerning the sanctuary furniture, the candles and flowers, the blessing and sprinkling of water, proclaiming the readings, the preparation of the gifts, Let Us Pray has the answers.

Father Paul Turner, S.T.D., is pastor of Saint Munchin Parish in Cameron, Missouri, and its mission Saint Aloysius in Maysville. He is also the author of Ages of Initiation published by Liturgical Press.

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A valuable resource for liturgists, catechists, those who train lay ministers, and anyone who wishes to increase his appreciation of the Mass.

Turner does an excellent job of explaining the documents and the particular reasons for each element of the Mass. . . . He initiated the discussion which one hopes would stimulate parishes to reflect on the ways that they might better celebrate these sacred mysteries, and pray.

Paul Turner is both a consummate liturgical scholar and a pastor. The combination shines through at every page. . . . In a single paragraph, Turner has moved from keen reflection on observed practice, through theological reflection, to analysis of the roots of the difficulty. The book brims with such intelligence.

Paul Turner has done the Church a faithful service with this book.
Music and Liturgy

Worthwhile interpretations of the major rubrics for Sunday Mass display how rituals for Catholics describe regulations concerning the vestments, furnishings, and ministers of the Mass. The readers are guided from the entrance procession to the dismissal rite. Therefore any one who follows liturgical books or Mass guides for directions will be happy to know what is the ministry by the priest, deacon or any other minister, and even how the congregation should participate.
Catholic Library World

It is a tasteful blending of theological, historical, and pastoral insights.
Notre Dame Center for Liturgy Bulletin

Let Us Pray is clear, concise, and well written. It is an excellent resource for liturgy committee members, presiders, liturgical ministers, and anyone interested in a detailed and enlightening guide to the rubrics of Sunday Mass.
Pastoral Music

Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass was written with an eye toward the voluminous documents that comprise the rubrics and an ear toward the overwhelmed pastor who fears that he may not always have all the phrases, movements and meanings down pat every time. You will find helpful information on every page as Fr. Turner explains and explores the rubrics for a typical Sunday Mass. Filled with helpful information and explanations, the book reflects on the place of the ritual within the context of Catholic piety and explores the regulations governing the furnishings, vestments and ministers of the Mass. The book walks readers through the Mass – every step deepening understanding, refreshing meaning, and thoroughly fulfilling. A useful resource for teachers, liturgists, deacons and priests.
Crux of the News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814662137
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Pueblo Bks.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,345,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Turner is pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Kansas City, Missouri. A priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, he holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome. He is the author of Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal, When Other Christians Become Catholic, and many other titles. He is a former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy and a team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He 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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