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Fr. James Presta

Fr. Presta teaches in the areas of Mariology, Ecclesiology and the Priesthood.  His writing has focused on the role of Our Lady in the Liturgy.  Full Bio


Lift Up Your Hearts: A Pastoral, Theological, and Historical Survey of The Roman Missal

edited by Robert L. Tuzik

This stimulating collection of essays, edited by Robert L. Tuzik, provides a detailed analysis and commentary regarding the third typical edition of The Roman Missal. In addition to the purpose and methodology of the translation process, this resource reflects upon particular prayers and texts of the revised Missal. Through study and reflection, all will come to appreciate the virtues of the English translation found in the third typical edition of The Roman Missal.

Essays include:

- The Role of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy in Producing the Third Typical Edition of The Roman Missal by Andrew R. Wadsworth

- The United States Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship and
the Reception of the New Translation of The Roman Missal by Anthony F. Sherman

- Biblical and Patristic References in the Third Typical Edition of The Roman Missal by Robert L. Tuzik

- The Order of Mass: Comforting Words by Paul Turner

- The Four Eucharistic Prayers of The Roman Missal by James P. Moroney

- The Eucharistic Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions by James P. Moroney

- Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation by Ronald T. Kunkel

- Initiation Texts in The Roman Missal by Ronald J. Lewinski

- The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Third Typical Edition of The Roman Missal by James Presta

- The Gift of Song: Music and the New English Translation of the Third Typical Edition of The Roman Missal by Jerry Galipeau Paperback, 6 x 9, 192 pages


The Liturgy Documents, Volume Two: Second Edition

Rev. Michael S. Driscoll; Rev. Msgr. Richard B. Hilgartner; Maureen A. Kelly; Rev. John Thomas Lane, sss; Rev. James Presta; Corinna Laughlin; Jim Schellman; D. Todd Williamson; Rev. Paul Turner; Catherine Combier-Donovan; Diana Macalintal; Sr. Genevieve Glen, osb; Rev. H. Richard Rutherford, csc; Michael R. Prendergast; Claire M. Gilligan; Deacon Francis L. Agnoli; Rev. Patrick R. Lagges 

Essential Documents for Parish Sacramental Rites and Other Liturgies

Volume 2 has been revised to include more of the essential liturgical documents needed to prepare the Sacred Liturgy (many of the documents original published in Volume 2 will be available in the forthcoming Volume 3). Contained in this volume are the praenotanda from the sacramental rites as well as additional documents needed to prepare the Mass, Eucharistic devotions, Liturgy of the Hours, blessings, and the Sacred Paschal Triduum. Pastoral overviews are provided for each of the documents. These overviews explain the theology, purpose, and authority of each of the included documents. This book also includes a detailed index and a glossary of terms related to liturgical documents and liturgical law.

The documents included in this resource are:

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
Christian Initiation: General Introduction
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Introduction
National Statutes for the Catechumenate
Rite of Baptism for Children: Introduction
Rite of Confirmation: Introduction
Rite of Penance: Introduction
Rite of Marriage: Introduction
Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, Introductions
Order of Christian Funerals: General Introduction
Ordo Exsequiarum
Appendix for Cremation
Guidelines for Celebrating the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities
Directory for Masses with Children: Introduction
Collection of Masses for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Introductions
Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass: Introduction
General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours
Book of Blessings, General Introduction

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