Word in and Out of Season: Homilies for Christmas, Easter, the Major Feasts, Weddings and Funerals

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Richard Viladesau's homily series The Word In and Out of Season has become a basic resource for many a busy preacher. Now Father Viladesau directs his attention to the peak moments of the liturgical year: Christmas, Easter, special feasts and holy days, weddings and funerals. He draws upon his unique knowledge of scripture, science, literature and the arts to bring a fresh perspective to familiar events and readings. These homilies will inspire the reader to reflect more deeply on the meaning of these liturgical ...
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Overview

Richard Viladesau's homily series The Word In and Out of Season has become a basic resource for many a busy preacher. Now Father Viladesau directs his attention to the peak moments of the liturgical year: Christmas, Easter, special feasts and holy days, weddings and funerals. He draws upon his unique knowledge of scripture, science, literature and the arts to bring a fresh perspective to familiar events and readings. These homilies will inspire the reader to reflect more deeply on the meaning of these liturgical and human celebrations. They will stimulate the imagination and heart as well as the mind.

Father Viladesau writes: "The liturgical seasons of Christmas and Easter pose particular difficulties for both preachers and laity because these feasts have been adapted into our culture in a secularized form that has little to do with their original religious meaning. Similarly, though many people continue to come to the church for the celebration of life's great moments of passage -- birth, marriage and death -- the symbols and forms of these celebrations frequently have little to do with the normal context of life. The homilies in this volume are written in response to this situation. They attempt to confront squarely some of the issues that arise in the minds of contemporary hearers of the Christian message. In this way, they hope to make a connection between the central celebrations of Christian faith and the life context of contemporary Americans."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809139828
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Word in and out of Season Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Christmas Season 5
A Christmas Memory by Jeffrey Harris Richards 7
Vigil of Christmas 10
Christmas--Mass At Midnight 15
Christmas--Mass At Dawn 20
Christmas--Mass During the Day 23
Sunday Within the Octave of Christmas: Holy Family--Year A 26
Year B 29
Year C 32
January 1: The Octave of Christmas 35
Epiphany 38
First Sunday of the Year--Baptism of the Lord 41
Easter Season 45
Easter Vigil 47
Easter Sunday (1) 50
Easter Sunday (2) 53
Second Sunday of Easter--Year A 58
Year B 61
Year C 64
Third Sunday of Easter--Year A 67
Year B 69
Year C 72
Fourth Sunday of Easter--Year A 74
Year B 76
Year C 79
Fifth Sunday of Easter--Year A 82
Year B 86
Year C 88
Sixth Sunday of Easter--Year A 91
Year B 94
Year C 99
Seventh Sunday of Easter--Year A 102
Year B 107
Year C 111
Feast of the Ascension of the Lord 114
Pentecost Sunday 117
Solemnities of the Lord 121
Trinity Sunday 123
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ 126
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2) 130
Feasts of Mary and the Saints 135
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 137
Feast of All Saints--November 1 140
Feast of the Immaculate Conception 143
Celebrations of Christian Life 147
Christian Initiation of Children 149
Christian Marriage (1) 151
Christian Marriage (2) 155
Christian Death (1)--Mass of the Resurrection 158
Christian Death (2) 161
Index of Names and Topics 163
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