Alleluia to Amen is an indispensable resource for parish leaders and volunteers looking for prayers to offer at gatherings outside of Mass. Justin McClain, author of Called to Pray and Called to Teach, provides busy leaders like you with original and traditional prayers to help you lead your faith community in prayer with confidence and ease.
While Catholics regularly gather for liturgical celebrations and for devotions such as the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, we also pray in all sorts of settings and for many reasons—to begin and end meetings, to bless events, and to mark the launch of major undertakings such as a capital campaign, for example. We instinctively gather in prayer in sorrow during times of tragedy and in gratitude for unexpected good fortune.
Alleluia to Amen: The Prayer Book for Catholic Parishes has your needs covered for the myriad of occasions that fall outside liturgical celebrations and communal devotions. Catholic author and high school theology teacher Justin McClain provides prayers for:
- each day of the week;
- the natural and liturgical seasons of the year;
- regularly scheduled meetings for various ministry groups;
- parish events such as service projects, festivals, and training of liturgical ministers;
- occasional events and activities such as welcoming a new staff member; and
- unexpected events and crises.
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About the Author
McClain is the author of several books, including Called to Teach and the award-winning Called to Pray. He is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, and the National Catholic Educational Association. He was a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church’s Subcommittee on African-American Affairs in 2015, as well as to the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, and the Secretariat of Catholic Education, in 2018. McClain is a lay Dominican.
He lives with his wife, Bernadette, and their children in Bowie, Maryland.
Timothy P. O’Malley is a Catholic theologian, author, speaker, and the director of McGrath Theology Online at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. He also teaches on marriage and family, sacramental theology, and catechesis in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame.
O’Malley earned his bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy and his master’s degree in liturgical studies from Notre Dame. He earned a doctorate in theology and education at Boston College.
He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Off the Hook, Divine Blessing: Liturgical Formation in the RCIA, Bored Again Catholic, and Liturgy and the New Evangelization. His articles have appeared in publications such as America magazine, Religion News Service, Aleteia, Catechist, and Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.
He lives with his family in the South Bend, Indiana area.
Table of Contents
1 Days of the Week 1
2 Seasons and Movable Feasts 13
3 Major Feasts, Solemnities, and Memorials by Month 37
4 Civic Holidays and Remembrances 81
5 Regularly Scheduled Parish Activities 87
6 Occasional Parish Events 99
7 Times of Crisis or Particular Need 109
8 For Increased Virtue, Obedience, Mercy, and Holiness 135
9 Occupations, Vocations, and Stages of Life 155
10 Traditional Catholic Prayers 173
Appendix: Writing Prayers for Your Group's Gathering 189