Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems, and Reflections for Every Season


This perennial bestseller is now available in a tenth-anniversary edition that showcases Joyce Rupp's poems, a new preface by the author, and a new design.

Joyce Rupp's characteristic creativity and reverence for the divine are on full display in this collection of prayer resources for birthdays, holidays, holy days, transitions, and many other occasions, helping readers ...

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This perennial bestseller is now available in a tenth-anniversary edition that showcases Joyce Rupp's poems, a new preface by the author, and a new design.

Joyce Rupp's characteristic creativity and reverence for the divine are on full display in this collection of prayer resources for birthdays, holidays, holy days, transitions, and many other occasions, helping readers enter more deeply and reflectively into the liturgical and seasonal celebrations of their lives.

Ideal for personal use, or as a gift for loved ones celebrating a landmark occasion, this enduring spiritual classic is an invaluable resource for ministers, spiritual directors, and lay leaders alike, who turn to its prayers, reflections, and rituals for personal and communal occasions both "ordinary" and profound.

"Over the years, I have often wished there were more relevant, life-sustaining, inspirational, and meaningful rituals for Christians to use in a variety of situations. This book by writer and retreat leader Joyce Rupp arrives like a Godsend. With her keen sense of the Indwelling presence of God, the author is truly a gifted spiritual midwife. These soulful poems, prayers, and reflections for group or individual use are designed 'to revitalize the spiritual blood pulsating through the veins of faith.' ...Out of the Ordinary is an incomparable resource for spiritual directors and lay leaders of all stripes." —Spirituality & Practice

"Joyce weaves familiar prayer traditions with contemporary life, gathered around themes that invite us to draw close to God." —Sr. Laura Swan, O.S.B., Editor of The Benedictine Tradition: Spirituality in History

"Out of the Ordinary is no ordinary book, as browsing through it leads to stopping at various prayers and poems which touch one's heart—and may be the perfect solution for opening or closing a gathering." —The Leaven

"Filled with expressions of prayers, sorrow, worry, and trust, this small book is a good one to keep on your desk or prayer space for your 'ordinary' days." —Spirit & Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594712203
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition description: Anniversary
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 328,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
I. Advent 19
The Present of Presence 20
The Many Disguises of Emmanuel 23
The Gift of Hope 24
The Word Was Made Flesh 25
Light Our Way 27
Mary and Elizabeth 30
II. All Saints' Day / All Souls' Day 31
Who Are the Saints? 32
Remembering Our Spiritual Ancestors 33
Celebrating the Radiant Light of the Holy Ones 35
A Personal Ritual for All Saints' Day 37
The Blessing of the Saints 39
A Personal Prayer for All Souls' Day 41
A Communal Prayer for All Souls' Day 42
III. Birthdays 43
Birthdays 44
A Birthday Reflection 45
Birthday Blessing 46
A Ritual for Aging 47
IV. Christmas 49
Dancing God 50
A Christmas Blessing 52
Keeping Watch in the Night 53
The Singing Tree 55
The Christ Is Born Again 57
A Christmas of Contrasts 59
A Blessing of Angels 60
V. Difficult Times 61
In Difficult Times 62
A Haunting Question 63
A Prayer to Be Freed From Tizzies 65
Searching for Oneself 66
Hope Continues to Bloom 67
Blessing Before Surgery 68
For a Loved One Who Is Dying 70
Blessing of One Who Draws Near to Death 71
Leaning on the Heart of God 75
Wounded Ones on the Road 76
Blessing Prayer for Healing 78
VI. Easter 79
A Remnant of Resurrection 80
A Springtime Prayer 81
Tomb-Watch 82
Awaken Me 84
Praying With the Easter Stories 85
The Easter Challenge 87
Prayer to the Restorer of Entombed Vitality 88
Come Out! 89
Slow Greening 90
Easter Meditation 92
Reflection on Luke 24:13-35 94
VII. Epiphany 95
The Song of the Stars 96
The Gift 97
The Seeker 98
Epiphany 99
A Prayer for Epiphany 100
VIII. Justice 101
Apology to My Brothers and Sisters in Developing Countries 102
The Blessing of Compassion 103
A Prayer of Compassion 105
Litany of Remembrance 106
We Are One 108
Prayer for Awareness 111
IX. Lent 113
The Echo of Ashes 114
Create in Me a Clean Heart 115
Carrying the Cross 117
A Lenten Reflection 118
Clothed With the Qualities of Christ 120
I Must Stay at Your House Today 122
The Farewell Tear 123
X. Mary 125
Feast of the Annunciation 126
The Visitation 128
Mary, Mother of Sorrows 129
Feast of the Mother of God 134
XI. Ministry and Service 137
Discipleship 138
To God Who Sings Through Us 140
Giving and Receiving 142
Jesus, What Were the Pains of Your Ministry? 144
Jesus, What Were the Joys of Your Ministry? 146
A Disciple's Prayer 148
Take Nothing for the Journey 149
Called Forth 151
The Continuous Call to Conversion 153
Put Out Into the Deep Waters 154
Catechist's Prayer 156
XII. The New Year 159
The New Year 160
I Arise in the New Year 161
Reflection on a New Year 162
Standing at the Gates of the New Year 164
A New Year's Meditation 165
The Old Year Runs Away From Me 166
Leaving the Old, Welcoming the New 167
XIII. Other 169
Magnificant to the God of Dawn 170
Six Gestures of the Morning Praise 171
Blessing for a Newly Birthed Child 172
A Parish Centennial Prayer 174
The Twelve Steps Prayer 176
Blessing of the Body 178
Family Reunion 180
The Seven Steps of Morning 182
Praying With the Five Senses 184
Blessing of a House 186
We Remeber the Bread of Life 191
Evening Prayer 193
XIV. Pentecost 195
A Prayer for Pentecost 196
The Fruits of the Spirit 197
Spirit! 198
The Spark of God 199
Blessing for Pentecost 200
Astonished and Amazed 201
Come, Holy Spirit 202
XV. Thanksgiving 203
Gratitude for the Little Moments 204
When 206
A Thanksgiving Blessing 207
Discover the Treasures 208
Memories of a Pilgrim Heart 210
Autumn Prayer of Acceptance 212
Thanksgiving 214
Reflection on Autumn Days 215
XVI. Transitions 217
Crossing Over 218
A Prayer in Times of Transition 219
Moving Into a Retirement Residence 221
Prayer of Discernment 222
A Time of Difficult Transition 223
The Leaf 224
A Prayer for Those Who Journey 226
God Is With Us on the Road 227
A Time of Happy Transition 228
XVII. Valentine's Day 229
Containers of Divine Love 230
Called to Love 231
Praise to the Shaper of Hearts 233
Will You Be My Valentine? 234
A Heart Prayer 236
The Heart of Eternal Love 239
Appendix Chants 241
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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Highly reccommended

    Joyce Rupp gives us poems and prayers that can be used personally or in one's ministry. Inclusive, creative and adaptable to different groups and situations

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