Understanding the Sacraments Today

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Liturgical Press, 2006 - Religion - 131 pages
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The sacraments are at the heart of our life as Catholics, the way we celebrate together our continuing conversion and encounter with God. Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing, Marriage, and Holy Orders 'al are activities that require preparation to bring us to the fullness of our life in community and in Christ. Chapter by chapter, Father Lawrence Mick puts these core experiences into their historical and theological context, and illuminates the ways the sacraments bring us together as God's people. Ever conscious of the complex history of the church and its dynamic relationship to ritual, as well as the varied histories of human communities, Understanding the Sacraments Today is a book to be visited and revisited, a companion to the ongoing and repeated practices that nourish us.

Lawrence E. Mick, a priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is a liturgical consultant and writer whose numerous books include Living Baptism Daly, published by Liturgical Press. He has also been active in parish, retreat, and campus ministries.


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Lawrence E. Mick is a priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He has served several parishes as a pastor and associate pastor and assisted with campus ministry, retreat ministry, and activities at the Archdiocesan Worship Office. Currently, he is a consultant and writer. He is the author of To Live As We Worship, Understanding the Sacraments Today, Penance: The Once and Future Sacrament, RCIA: Renewing the Church as an Initiating Assembly, Worshiping Well: A Mass Guide for Planners and Participants, and Liturgy and Ecology in Dialogue published by Liturgical Press.

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