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